Jeffersonville mayor takes steps to increase bridge security


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Updated Thursday, May 29 at 9:05 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore is elated the city's ramp to the bridge is finally open.

“Everyone’s walking around with a big smile on their face. We need to show them that they're welcome here, but the most important thing is we need them to know that they're safe when they come to Jeffersonville,” Moore said.
To the city, that means more security. On the Jeffersonville side there are surveillance cameras, routine police patrol, and added patrols on the weekends.

“Depending what's going on we will have as many as six additional officers patrolling the area at the same time,” Jeffersonville Lt. Todd Hollis said.

In order to cover the weekend shifts, the police department is paying overtime to officers who volunteer to work. The extra foot traffic has prompted the city's Redevelopment Commission to seek even more help from a security company, located in Charlestown, from Monday through Thursday.

Moore said that's just a temporary solution. He wants the city council to approve hiring more police.

“You should have two officers for every 1,000 citizens. We are a community of 46,000; if you do the math that comes out to 92 police officers. I believe we have 73 police officers right now,” Moore said.

Moore said the extra police presence will be a fix not only for the downtown area but for other parts of Jeffersonville too.

No trouble yet since the ramp opened, but right now Indiana is getting used to seeing a lot more of Kentucky.

The police department meets with the Jeffersonville City Council June 16.