LMPD officers deliver cold water around downtown and west Louisville
Three LMPD officers spent the day passing out cold water in downtown and west Louisville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- LMPD is making special deliveries this summer.in one of the city's most troubled neighborhoods.
Between robberies, murders and even a police shooting, LMPD's 1st division has seen it all, but Friday's delivery was definitely leading to cooler heads and opening the lines of communication.
Armed with handcuffs, a gun, a two-way, a body camera and a taser, 1st division LMPD officers hit the street on another hot summer day.
"Hopefully we give a little relief real quick," said Officer Michael Jackson.
Friday's mission required the use of something that wasn't issued by the police department.
"Today's mission is nothing more than interaction, positive interaction and talking, that's it," Officer Jackson said.
Jackson, Officer Roger Collins and Officer Rudy Ferman spent the day passing out cold water in downtown and west Louisville.
The people they are sworn to serve and protect appreciated seeing police in more than just bad times.
"It shows me that they're trying," Eric Dickerson said. "You gotta have them, and anybody that think that all police are bad is crazy."
"You don't always want to see a police officers when something is going wrong," said Derrick Carr, who lives in west Louisville. "How scary is that, every time I see a police officer I gotta duck."
In west Louisville's Elliott Park, police got an earful from some concerned neighbors.
"I am just going to keep it all the way real with you," he said. What can we do? What can I do?"
Carr had concerns and wanted to make sure this was not a one-time visit.
"It can't just be when somebody is shot," he said. "It has got to be before that. It's too late when somebody is dead."
"If we are a part of this community, and someone in this community has a vent, has a complaint, then who am I to turn away and say, 'you know what, that's not what we're here for, lets talk about this,'" Jackson said.
LMPD says these special deliveries will continue until the weather breaks.
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