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New violent crime unit maximizes penalties for criminals

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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- It's an effort to reduce violent crime in Metro Louisville. The U.S. Attorney has created a new violent crime unit called Project Recoil.

Federal law enforcement officials and Louisville police and prosecutors are cracking down on violent crime in the city. The group meets weekly to talk about the arrests and look at trends. They discuss who is committing the crimes and whether a gun was used and discuss whether federal prosecution is possible.

It allows law enforcement, including the LMPD Viper Unit, to share intelligence that will help prosecute people who illegally possess or use guns to commit crimes.

Three cases have come out of Project Recoil. That includes, earlier this year, Louisville Metro Police cracking down on a string of robberies at convenience stores. Shaundrell Robinson and Troy Gaines are charged with 23 robberies that began in late November and continued through January of this year.

Task forces and other crime prevention programs have started after the May 17th, 2012 shootings that left three people dead.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad says, "We had the Mayor's Task Force. We're trying to act on a number of those recommendations now. Here, you've got one of the keys to making the community safe. You've got federal law enforcement agencies working together with law enforcement agencies. You've got the County Attorney, the Commonwealth's Attorney."

U.S. Attorney David Hale says, "For those who commit a violent crime, a crime with a firearm, you should know you face a determined and unified law enforcement effort. You will be caught. You will be prosecuted and you will go to prison."

The U.S. Attorney says Project Recoil is just one piece of a comprehensive anti violent crime strategy in Louisville. Officials are expecting more of these cases to be prosecuted on the federal level.

LMPD says murders so far this year, up to the month of May, are down 16 percent from last year.

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