VIDEO | LMPD Chief Steve Conrad sits down with WDRB on violence, gangs and drugs in Louisville
Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad stopped by WDRB on Thursday to have an exclusive interview with David Scott and Lindsay Allen about the state of violence, gangs, drugs and more throughout Louisville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad stopped by WDRB on Thursday to sit down for an exclusive interview with David Scott and Lindsay Allen about violence, gangs, drugs and more problems affecting Louisville communities.
With a rising murder rate putting the city on track for a record year, it was a positive discussion on what can be done to bring change across the metro.
Below are several topics that Chief Conrad delved into during the interview, along with links to further quotes and individual videos of those segments.
"We have about 20 gangs in our community, and we have another five groups of younger people that, because of their age, cannot be legally classified as gangs. So all told, there are about 25 groups that are operating as criminal gangs in this community."
"The drivers to violent crime in our community really boil down to some simple things: we have just some terrible pockets of poverty in our neighborhoods ... [and] a terrible problem with drug addiction."
"A vast majority of guns get into this community through the secondary market. What you find is they go to a gun show, they can turn around and sell those guns ... there's no law against turning around and selling those guns. That's not illegal to do."
"There are nine or 10 neighborhoods where the vast majority of these shootings are happening. It's incredibly important that we have relationships in those communities, that we get out of our cars [and] build trust."
"We are working actively. We're working with other agencies, working ... with ATF, U.S. Marshals office, all of us are in lock step, because so much focus is on the violent crime [and] typically focused on narcotics trafficking."
"We all have a vested interest in making sure these neighborhoods are safe ... If a parent is not raising your child, the streets will raise that child. And a kid raised in the streets will end up in a gang."