Nearly halfway through 2005, the Louisville-area homicide total is about the same as last year, the area’s deadliest since 1997, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. Police say more help from the public has allowed them to solve more cases; they’re hopeful that initiatives begun this year will help prevent more killings.
“I think we’re doing everything we can possibly do, short of having a policeman on every corner, and I don’t think even that would help most of the time,” said Lt. Steve Green, head of the homicide unit. Green’s office plans a news conference today to ask the public for any information people have about 17 unsolved cases. Earlier this month, police re-established a violent-crime task force, which led to more than 1,000 arrests when it was operating for about three months last year. Also this year, police flooded neighborhoods where most of last year’s homicides occurred, looking for people wanted on arrest warrants, conducting undercover drug buys and initiating surveillance that police said led to hundreds of arrests. Green said those efforts seem to be paying off in western Louisville, where 15 of the homicides occurred. Residents who once expressed only suspicion of police are now talking, he said, reassured by officers’ efforts to know them.