City leaders announce plan to curb West Louisville violence

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Updated Friday, May 25 at 9:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Louisville Mayor's Office announced a solution Friday to the violence that has affected Louisville.

The plan involves creating a new task force. It will be made up of community members in West Louisville and religious, business and other city leaders.

"We’ve been a diverse community ever since Louisville was settled...we need one community," said Chairman of the new group, Dr. Blaine Hudson.

The plan will also include a Crisis Response Team that would be dispatched to violent crime scenes to help victims better cope with their emotions.

“We have a combination of short and long term goals. The short term goals obviously relate to security,” said Hudson.

Residents in the West End say they welcome the program, but fear it may be a little too late.  Melissa Lyles says a task force should have been started years ago. She believes if a program already existed the shootings on Thursday May 17 wouldn't have happened.

The first step of the task force will be to assess what programs already exist that service the youth in West Louisville. The mayor’s office is asking anyone affiliated with those programs to visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/ and fill out a survey to help them gather more information regarding what programs are out there. Once they have compiled information on different groups the group will look at ways to improve the existing programs. The deadline to fill out the surveys is June 15.

So far there is no word on when the task force will meet or how many members it will have.

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