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Louisville Metro Police chief reads to students at Portland Elementary School

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they are fighting crime by investing in children.

On Wednesday, Chief Steve Conrad read to students at Portland Elementary School as part of a drive that collected more than 2,300 books. 

Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Wine also spoke to the students.

Students will use the books in the classrooms and at home. The goal is to improve reading skills and keep students headed in the right direction academically, which should help reduce future crime.

"So often young kids encounter the police -- and its not always a controlled, quiet place like the school's library," Chief Conrad said. "This gave us the opportunity, I think, to make a good impression, and to stress the importance that when kids get lost and they need help, they should come to a police officer."

All of the books were donated to Portland Elementary, which is one of the district's highest poverty schools.

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