Public Safety

In response to a violent crime spike mirrored in 60 percent of the largest U.S. cities, Louisville launched a multifaceted crime-fighting plan that includes prevention, intervention, enforcement and re-entry initiatives.

New officers: Hiring 28 additional LMPD officers, bringing the total number of recruits to a maximum annual capacity of 150.

Narcotics Division: Added two new squads of detectives to address crimes involving narcotics, a significant contributor to community violence.

Heroin Investigation Team: LMPD Major Case Narcotics Unit detectives are collaborating with the DEA to develop federal cases against dealers when overdoses cause death or serious injury.

Full-time SWAT Division: Replaces a part-time team, allowing for quicker deployment of the most highly trained officers to handle volatile situations.

Community Services Division: School Resource officers, Community Events,Traffic, and a new Community Policing Unit are building trust and acting as a conduit of information and resources to address issues that lead to crime.

Second Chance: Program to reduce jail recidivism by ensuring that people arrested while battling mental health issues, including substance abuse, get the support necessary for more stable lives after release.

F2ACT: Metro Corrections program creates individualized discharge plans with the goal of establishing connections between the inmate and the community before release.

Learn more about the city's public safety approach.


The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods and partners like KentuckianaWorks initiated and expanded programs aimed at reducing violence.

New Outreach Workers: Team of staffers will support promising individuals as they work to steer away from violence toward a pathway of success.

REimage: Started in Russell and Shawnee, REimage is expanding into Park Hill, working with as many as 250 youth and young adults who have committed crimes or are at risk; helping them to further their education, get a job, navigate the court system and address drug and alcohol issues.

One Love Louisville Ambassadors: Community members trained on the CDC public health approach to violence prevention, suicide prevention, conflict resolution, mental health first aid, and community organizing.

Cure Violence: Recognizing violent crime as a public health epidemic, this model uses violence prevention strategies associated with disease control – detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating highest risk individuals, and changing social norms.