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La Grange police using old technology for new crime-fighting tool

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LA GRANGE, Ky. (WDRB) – La Grange Police are using a new tool to fight crime, but the technology has been around for decades.

On any given day, more than 20 trains roll through downtown La Grange, roughly the same number of crime tips coming into the police department every week.

"Everything from something as minute as a city ordinance violation, to people trafficking narcotics," Chief Frank Conway said.

But now, even more help is coming from the public thanks to a new automated tip line at 502-873-8945.

"You may remain anonymous, however, an officer talking to you directly will help in the investigation of the crime you are reporting," says a voice on the recording.

Chief Conway says tips are followed up on every single day.

"Our detectives check the tip line daily ... two or three times a day,” Conway said. “If they take the information and there's enough information, they'll follow up from there through normal investigative activity."

For more than eight years, the only dedicated tip line was online at www.lagrangepolice.com. Web users just put in the date, time and location of what they witnessed.

"We started realizing that everybody doesn't have the internet, everyone doesn't have access to a computer,” Conway said. “They may not even be computer savvy, but most people know how to operate and use a phone."

There are several neighborhood watch groups throughout the city, and Chief Conway is hopeful that more people will now step in, call the number and report anything suspicious.

"I see a lot of crime happening, and I would like for them to be arrested and prosecuted for it," resident Michelle Couch said.

Conway says a few drug tips have already panned out and will soon end up in the court system.

"We don't want anybody to live in fear of any type of criminal activity in the city of La Grange," Conway said.

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