LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police are trying to prevent crime before it happens.
LMPD's VIPER unit has been on the streets for 10 days now, and has seized a total of 40 illegal guns.
LMPD reorganized its resources to create the VIPER unit. It's mission is to clean up Louisville's most violent areas.
Lt. Kit Steimle, commander of the VIPER unit, says, "It basically says if you're carrying guns illegally in Louisville then we're gonna get ya."
Late last week, the VIPER unit confiscated 13 stolen weapons from a convicted felon, who police say is very dangerous. That man is now behind bars as the investigation continues.
Over the weekend, police took seven more guns off the street from six convicted felons. They say at least one gun was stolen.
The VIPER unit is targeting the city's most violent neighborhoods, primarily on the West End.
Ike Kinnison lives in Beecher Terrace. He doesn't know if the VIPER unit is the solution to the problem, but he says it sure doesn't hurt to try.
Kinnison says, "We're killing each other day by day over little stuff, it'd probably be better if everybody came together and found something productive to do for the community."
The VIPER unit needs the community's help to continue its success. If you have any information about violent crimes call 574-LMPD.
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