VIDEO | LMPD Chief Steve Conrad talks about the prevalence of gangs in Louisville
As part of an exclusive, multi-part interview with WDRB on Thursday, Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad sat down with David Scott and Lindsay Allen to talk about the effect that gangs have on the crime rate.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As part of an exclusive, multi-part interview with WDRB on Thursday, Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad sat down with David Scott and Lindsay Allen to talk about the effect that gangs have on the crime rate.
"I came onto the police department in 1980," Chief Conrad said. "This is not something new to Louisville. Some of the gangs in Louisville are generational, and some of those gangs still exist."
Chief Conrad did not name specific gangs, but was open about how many different groups are contributing to the crime in Louisville.
"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. What you see is different, though. I think when we think about a gang, we have this idea of structured and hierarchy, real allegiance to the gangs. With a couple of exceptions, that's not what we tend to see.
"The three of us could be in separate gangs and be in separate neighborhoods, but if we had an opportunity to make money doing criminal activity, we would go to work together and then go back to our respective neighborhoods at night. That kind of crossing over of boundaries is something you would not see, typically, in a New York, an LA, a Chicago gang."
Watch Chief Conrad's full segment on gangs in the video player above.
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