LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Louisville Metro Police say the number of homicides are down in the city.
Police say they Metro area had 26 percent fewer homicides in 2013 than 2012.
Lieutenant Todd Kessinger took over command of LMPD’s Homicide Unit midway through last year.
He acknowledges that while violent crimes persist, he does believe the work of the VIPER Unit, Metro Narcotics and patrol officers are making a difference.
Crime scenes turned up across Louisville about as often in 2013 as did the year before but while the number of shootings has remained the same.
Of the 51 killings in the Louisville Metro Area last year, two were in Shively and one was in St. Matthews. The remaining 48 were handled by LMPD.
Across the board, victims were overwhelmingly male and most died of gunshot wounds.
The motives in some of 2013 murders are still unknown but at least 5 were the result of domestic violence.
Kessinger says many of the Metro’s killings can in some way be traced back to an ongoing problem.
LMPD detectives are still looking for the person who killed Dennis Holland and 18 other Louisville murder victims. It’s a clearance rate of an estimated 56 percent which is about 8 percent below the national average.
Kessinger says in 2014 they hope to see a continued decrease in criminal homicides and will try new approaches for policing.