LMPD Chief Steve Conrad asks Metro Council for more than $1 mill - WDRB 41 Louisville News

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad asks Metro Council for more than $1 million in overtime money

Posted: Updated:
Louisville Metro Police will spend $1.2 million in overtime costs to fund extra patrols in seven high-crime areas, Chief Steve Conrad said Thursday. Louisville Metro Police will spend $1.2 million in overtime costs to fund extra patrols in seven high-crime areas, Chief Steve Conrad said Thursday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As LMPD deals with a record number of homicides, Chief Steve Conrad is calling for more money to increase patrols.

"The overtime that we're talking about spending is in the amount of $1,238,000," Chief Conrad told Metro Council on Friday.

He asked the Metro Council Budget Committee for the overtime money, a plan to use part of city's surplus to target Louisville neighborhoods with the most violent crime.

"The idea is we will measure our success essentially by the reduction of violent crime in those neighborhoods," he said.

Metro councilman David James agreed that more overtime funding is needed.

"With not having enough police officers here in our city, we have to supplement that by having to spend overtime," James said.

The plan would provide funding for 28 additional police officers on top of the 122 already approved.

Chief Conrad says LMPD is busy solving homicide cases as the number climbs to record levels.

"We have 53 cases that are not solved," he said. "We have 59 that are solved for a clearance rate, in other words, where we have made an arrest or solved a case of 52.7 percent."

The plan would add three full-time workers to the office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods to attack violence by building up communities.

"This is not the only thing that we need to do," James said. "We still need to do much more, and hopefully we'll be able to address those things in the upcoming budget. But it's a start. It's things that we should have been doing quite awhile ago." 

Related Stories:

LMPD targets high-crime areas for overtime patrols

Mayor Fischer preparing millions of dollars to fight rising violence in Louisville

Copyright 2016 WDRB Media. All rights reserved.

  • Sign Up for WDRB's Sports Newsletter

    * denotes required fields

    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.