Crime Information Center takes LMPD’s work to next level


by WHAS11

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 7:58 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- The inner workings of Louisville Metro Police Departments Crime Information Center takes crime stats to the next level and aims to keep hardened criminals off the streets of Louisville.

“The bad guys they don't follow our division lines or even the city lines or even the state lines,” said LMPD officer Major Robert Schroeder.

Schroeder heads up Louisville Metro Police Departments Crime Information Center.

“The concept of the crime information center is to bridge that gap and get the information sharing between groups also between our other partner agencies,” said Schroeder.

When police gather information about crimes and develop suspect patterns it is all collected in one central place where everyone in the department and other police agencies can see it.

One of their biggest successes with the center, so far, has been Thunder over Louisville.

“Before we had the crime analysts that did the traditional crime analysis stuff. They looked at maps and hot spots and stuff but they didn't have that policing experience,” said Schroeder.

With the help of this centralized unit police were able to nab Troy Gaines and Shonprell Robison after a shooting and robbery last year at Kopp Lane Food Mart on Preston Highway.

Police hope to prevent crimes like this by gathering intelligence from all divisions.

The police department next step is using this to track gang members and burglary suspects.