While robberies, sexual assaults and aggravated assaults are down in Louisville this year, homicides have spiked, a trend Louisville Police Chief Robert White blamed on increased activity among gang members, says the Louisville Courier-Journal. There have been 28 homicides this year, 10 more than at this time last year. White announced a new Violent Crime Team, which is intended to combat violence in the three areas that account for most of the city’s murders, sexual assaults, robberies, and aggravated assaults.
This new violent crime team will give the department flexibility in addressing hot spots, White said. They will be able to work in uniform to provide extra police presence, as well as undercover to conduct intelligence or make arrests. The team will include one officer or detective from each patrol division, as well as detectives from narcotics, intelligence and a gang expert. White also announced a new effort by the department to increase public education about domestic violence, which accounted for several of last year’s homicides.