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LMPD chief welcomes plan for millions of dollars in crime prevention spending

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has proposed spending millions of the city's budget surplus on anti-violence programs.

At a peace walk inside Jefferson Mall on Tuesday night, LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said he welcomes any funding that can help reduce violent crime.  

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to have some additional resources,” Chief Conrad said.

If approved, Mayor Fischer's plan would spend $2.1 million of the $6.2 million surplus on crime prevention programs.

“The mayor’s proposal for the budget surplus includes the opportunity to hire 28 additional police officers this fiscal year that will take us to a total of 150 that we’ll be able to hire this fiscal year,” Chief Conrad said.

He says those officers would give the department greater flexibility to investigate crimes in a more targeted way. It would allow officers to react to a spike in specifics types of crime.

The proposal also includes $110,000 for graffiti and blight removal and $100,000 to expand a summer jobs program for teens.

“I think what’s important is the mayor and the Metro Council understand that it’s not just a police issue," Chief Conrad said. "It’s a community issue. That’s why funding is being proposed in the Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods.”      

The plan would help fund street intervention specialists, which are citizens hired to keep kids from being recruited to a life of crime.   

LMPD will discuss the proposal with the Metro Council Budget Committee at the end of this week.

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