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Budget cuts could affect role of 'interrupters' in fighting crime

Metro Council members faced the task of trimming the city's budget by $25 million.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — (WHAS11)--James Linton is taking a roll up your sleeves approach in preventing future crime in Metro Louisville.

"I'm tired of cutting on the TV and seeing young people dying," he said.

News of decreasing funding for the city's Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods leaves him frustrated - realizing the people who are trained in identifying trouble spots and intervening before violence happens, known as 'interrupters,' will see their roles reduced or eliminated.

"I think if you take one of those organizations off the street, it sends a clear message that we really, really don't care," he said.

Metro Council members faced the task of trimming the city's budget by $25 million. Budget chair Bill Hollander says the proposal put forth Tuesday was the best solution given budgetary constraints.

"I wish we could have done everything that members of the public asked us to do. But we simply couldn't with the funds that were available to us in this budget," said BIll Hollander.

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Linton is leaning on faith groups to get involved and asking congregations to take up their block and get to know their neighbors.

He says the city is hurting for fresh ideas and families are hurting, too.

"The first thing that we have to do is to get everybody on the same page and to get everybody to start working together," he told WHAS11.

If you’d like to help Linton and his efforts, you call him at (502) 345 – 7018.

Contact reporter Robert Bradfield at rbradfield@whas11.com.  Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.  

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