LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – LMPD Officers are back on the streets interacting with community members in an effort to build relationships.
“We're just here to connect,” Chief Steve Conrad in the parking lot of the Beechmont Community Center explained.
But there's a sense of heartache looming over this usually positive peace walk.
“So senseless, that's the thing, it really bothers me,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.
He's talking about the fact that Louisville Metro has seen 81 murders so far this year.
“One homicide is one homicide too much, and 81 is unfathomable and unfortunately I realize the year's not over,” Chief Conrad explained.
Chief Conrad says there were 17 murders in the month of August; the deadliest month when it comes to murders that Louisville has seen in eight years.
“That is frustrating for us, the Fourth Division of which Beechmont is in, also includes Smoketown, Shelby Park, Old Louisville, so this is the same division that has seen more homicides than any other division,” Chief Conrad said.
This weekly peace walk went through the Beechmont neighborhood where two people were found murdered in a car just one week ago. Mayor Greg Fischer says police will continue to work hard, but the community needs to step up as well to help stop the violence.
“Policing is one part of this, but the most important part of this is family structure, neighborhoods, community that are working with kids and young men who are involved with working with this type of activity,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.
“It also gives me the opportunity to explain how desperately we need neighbors to get involved,” Chief Conrad explained.