SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Shepherdsville police chief credits a more aggressive policing approach for an increase in arrests.

To match the growth, the Shepherdsville Police Department is accepting applications for recruit officers. The chief of police, Rick McCubbin, said he is not hiring new officers right now but anticipates he will need to within a year.

“Shephersville is growing, leaps and bounds out here,” McCubbin said. “And we’re going to need more officers in the very near future.”

McCubbin has been the police chief for about a year and a half in Shepherdsville. And in that time he has made some changes to the department.

“In my 30 years of doing this, I’m a very old school style police officer,” he said. “And I’m a chief that believe we’re going to be the police.”

McCubbin got rid of what he calls “busy work," in order for his officers to have more time working the streets with a more aggressive approach.

“We’re an aggressive police department,” he said. “It’s what the community wants. It’s what I want as a chief. And it’s what works.”

Police data shows from July 2016 through June 2017, officer made 755 arrests. From last July through June 2018, the number spiked to 1,085 arrests. McCubbin said the number of criminal and drug arrests are also up from years past.

“If you come out here and you screw up, you’re going to jail,” he said. “Our arrests are way, way up in Shepherdsville. And our crime overall is down in Shepherdsville.”

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