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Neighborhood group hiring off-duty officers to patrol Old Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Off-duty officers are being hired after an increase in violence at a busy Old Louisville intersection.

Old Louisville's 4th and Oak intersection has been in the news a lot this year.

The police shooting of a Sudanese man in June and a murder Sunday night are just a few incidents giving the area a bad reputation.

"There's about six or seven arrests every week for panhandling," said Howard Rosenberg, Chairman of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council. "This is something that happens in an urban area."

Rosenberg says the council has decided to hire off-duty officers to see if that will make a difference.

The safety project will cost about $5,000, money that is coming from the District 6 Neighborhood Development funds.

The group hasn't received the money yet, but once it does, it plans to hire one or two officers for at least a ten-week period.

"Option one is one officer over a period of time. Option two is more condensed, but will give us more officers,” Rosenberg said.

"They'll be in marked cars, they'll be on foot, they'll be on bicycles and ATVs,” said David James, Councilman D-6.

Councilman James believes the neighborhood council is filling a void left by the Louisville Metro Police Department.

"In actuality, this should be the police department's responsibility," James said. "It's a fact we don't have enough police officers, even though we've recently hired more. Our sister and peer cities have more police officers than we do, so what we're doing now is supplementing the lack of police officers through overtime funds."

The off-duty officers will start as soon as the council receives its grant.

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