Chief looks to reorganize LMPD to combat city's violent crime

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 29 at 1:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Police chief Steve Conrad is reorganizing Louisville Metro police.

"Five months ago I made a promise that I want Louisville to be the safest city in America,"  Conrad said during a news conference Wednesday. "I'm not backing down from that."

One major change you'll see is the creation of the VIPER unit which stands for Violent Incident Prevention, Enforcement and Response unit. The chief said the new unit will be a combination of intelligence-led policing and hot-spot policing. A new goal they'll have is to take a more holistic approach that includes working smarter and using intelligence information better.

"We do a good job of collecting it, sending it out, but I don't know that we've really done the analysis as well as we could or should," Conrad said.

The chief said the squads making up the VIPER unit will be devoted to proactive policing in areas where violent crime us more likely to occur. To help them with intelligence information there will be a new Crime Information Center that's made up of officers and detectives who will help identify and locate the worst offenders.

Mayor Greg Fischer told WHAS11 News he agrees with the chief's new approach.

"The world changes and crime patterns change as well, so it's only natural that you reorganize from time to time," Fischer said.

The chief said they will continue monitoring the progress under the new system, and they'll make changes as needed.

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