Despite attempts by Louisville Metro Police to curb violent crime by forming a task force and asking for the community’s help, the number of homicides this year already is higher than all of 2003, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. Given that November and December are historically high months for violent crime, Louisville is on pace to have its most deadly year since 1997, when there were 68 homicides within the old city limits. This year, metro Louisville has had 53 homicides, compared with 51 for all of last year. “As a department we are very concerned about it,” Police Chief Robert White said. “We need to look at them and see why they are occurring.”
Police commanders have blamed drugs for a growing number of homicides and said a few were related to gang activity. Though more than half of the 53 homicides are considered drug-related, in the past two months more homicides have been attributed to domestic violence and street assaults, which police say are hard to prevent. Some residents have formed block-watch groups and have become more active in reporting crime. The
police department has implemented several initiatives to combat crime and will continue to change tactics. Commanders have introduced a more aggressive approach to investigating homicides in which up to 18 detectives may get involved in the early days of an investigation.