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 "hot spots" in Louisville, or areas of town that see a large increase in criminal activity.

An increased police presence in some of those neighborhoods is a good strategy, according to Chief Conrad. He says that is the department's way of disrupting the drug activity and arrests those that may commit violent crimes.

"There are nine or 10 neighborhoods where the vast majority of these shootings are happening," he said. "It's incredibly important that we have relationships in those communities, that we get out of our cars [and] build trust. That trust is finding out what's occurring, and it all gets back to that trust.

"We clearly have more work to do. That's one of the driving forces to have my officers slow down or get out of their cars. Every interaction, and we have about a half a million of them a year, is an opportunity to treat a person with respect."

Chief Conrad did reiterate, however, that Louisville is not alone in this fight.

"Thirty-seven or 38 of the 62 largest cities [in America] have seen an increase in homicides," he said. "Almost that same number have seen an increase in violent crime. We're not alone."

Watch Chief Conrad's full segment on "hot spots" in the video player above.

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