For the second year in a row homicides in metro Louisville declined, and police are crediting citizens with helping to solve the crimes. Lt. Steve Green, head of the Louisville Metro Police homicide unit, said more people have been willing “to stick their neck out” and provide information about killings, reports the city’s Courier-Journal. Tips from the public helped clear 17 of the Louisville area’s 55 homicides in 2006. There were 66 homicides in 2005 and 70 in 2004.
Meanwhile, the Tennessean reports that homicides declined in metro Nashville from 2005, when the city had the largest year-over-year increase in homicides of any of the nation’s 35 largest cities. Metro police recorded 82 homicides, down 15 percent from the 97 slayings in 2005.