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LMPD chief says peace walks help build trust with communities

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville police officers are trying to fight violence in the city one step at a time.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad walked through the Shelby Park neighborhood Tuesday night as part of a citywide effort to reduce crime.

While progress is hard to measure, the department is seeing many benefits from the walks.

Chief Conrad said he hopes they build trust with the community and allow officer to learn more about reducing crime in a neighborhood.

“We want and need information," he said. "Twenty-five of our 71 homicides this year have not yet been solved. There are people out there that know what happened."

Some people living in the neighborhood were surprised to see how the children were excited to see the police.

“The kids walk up and ask the police the questions," said Joie Walker, who saw the group pass by while she was at the park. "That’s really surprising, considering everything that’s going on."

Chief Conrad wants to remind people to call the anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD. He says that can make a big difference in solving cases throughout the city.

The department plans to hold peace walks every Tuesday on days the weather permits.

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