Mayor asks for nearly $7M added to police budget

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by WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 11 at 5:45 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville's mayor is asking for nearly $7 million added to the police department's budget.

The proposal went before Metro Council members Tuesday night.

The police chief said the additional money would fund 24 new police officers and a real-time crime center supervised by city employees.

The push for more security comes after the downtown violence on March 22.

The city was faced with redistributing officers to the problem areas or paying some 25,000 hours of overtime.

The department is reportedly set to be over its overtime budget at the end of the month.

Mayor Greg Fischer already approved a two percent hike on natural gas bills to generate an extra $3.8 million for public safety.

The Metro Council is set to vote on the proposed police budget at the end of June.
 

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