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Community policing credited for curbing crime in Park DuValle, Parkland

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two Louisville neighborhoods -- Park DuValle and Parkland -- are cleaning up on crime.

In the last several months, police in the Louisville Metro Police's second division have seen a significant decrease in residential and business break-ins -- and they believe it has everything to do with their new form of community policing.

Four years ago, burglars cleaned out Dwight Sweeney's home in the Parkland neighborhood.

"In my case...they stole everything out of my house, including the washing machine and dryer," said Sweeney. "It was very frustrating...to come in and all your stuff is gone, and they know how to disarm the alarm."

But these days, crime in Parkland and neighboring Park DuValle is down.

"So far in the first quarter of this year, we've seen almost a 20 percent decrease in residential and business burglaries," said Det. Sgt. Jason Grissom of LMPD.

Metro Police say there's a reason for the decrease in crime.

"It basically boils down to go old fashioned police work," Grissom said.

And that "old fashioned" police work starts with 2nd Division officers like William Vogt and Vadim Dale.

"Actually, Vadim is on the phone," Vogt said. "There's a guy who is wanted for murder."

The officers don't find their murder suspect, but just a few minutes into the ride, and they come across something else.

"Basically anybody that we see in an alleyway out here, we try to figure out what are they doing," said Vogt. "Under the circumstances...he's actually breaking the law."

One man was caught urinating in an alleyway and police soon learned he has felony warrants.

"Turns out that he has got two warrants on him," Vogt said.

Officers Vogt and Dale are part of a newly formed Impact Unit that focuses on break-ins.

"Their sole purpose is to look for specific people that we as detectives tell them to go look for," Grissom said. "And they bring 'em back to us."

The officers also back up patrolmen at possible break-ins, like one where two men working inside a home suspect someone else is in the house. There was no one in the home, but everyone agrees, it's better to be safe than sorry.

And police say the new impact unit is now a permanent part of the police department.

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