In 2018, Mayor Fischer’s six-point plan for preventing violence – built around enforcement, intervention, prevention, community mobilization, organizational change and re-entry supports — showed positive results.
2018 Public Safety highlights:
Louisville Metro Police Department
- Worked with partners at Centerstone and Department of Public Health and Wellness to launch The Living Room, giving police officers an option beyond jail or emergency room for people they encounter who are in distress and could benefit from services rather than incarceration.
- Joined with partners at the Metro Criminal Justice Commission, the courts and prosecutors to launch Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, a pilot project that seeks to divert people who might otherwise be arrested on certain low-level , drug-related crimes into services and case management from Volunteers of America.
Louisville Fire and Rescue
- Completed renovation of Fire Headquarters at 12th and Jefferson streets, continued modernization of fire houses and upgraded Arson Investigator transportation.
Youth Detention Services
- Expanded mental health care and created new Transition Program for youth aging out of detention and going to jail, to better coordinate mental and medical health services through this difficult transition.
- Established Parent Engagement focus groups and held Family Resource Fair for parents of children in detention.
Louisville Metro Corrections
- Launched new efforts to boost inmates’ opportunities for success after release, including a partnership with Goodwill Industries of Kentucky to enroll inmates in Soft Skill Academy – providing job readiness skills, career coaches and improved GED readiness.
- Earned accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care
Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods
- The Mayor’s FY19 budget includes an increase of nearly $2 million for the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods to enhance our innovative prevention and intervention work with programs such as:
- THRIVE Fellowship: Louisville is partnering with Cities United on a 24-month fellowship designed to improve the life outcomes of young black men and boys, their families and their community by connecting fellows to opportunities and the support needed to be successful.
- Cure Violence: Mayor Fischer’s budget invests $1.7 million to expand Cure Violence, which works to stop the spread of violence by using methods and strategies associated with disease control – identifying and treating the highest risk individuals, detecting and interrupting conflicts, and changing social norms.
- Mayor’s Youth Implementation Team: This team, which works to support our young people, helped coordinate National Youth Violence Prevention Week activities here that involved 150 local partners and 46,000 local youth participants.
- One Love Louisville Ambassadors: More than 300 people attended Ambassador Institute Trainings and Networking Nights, gaining knowledge, skills and networking opportunities designed to help neighborhoods achieve their full potential.
- Faith Directory: Created a new database designed to improve faith-based engagement.
- Reimage: Building on its success, Louisville’s Reimage program, a partnership with KentuckianaWorks, was awarded a $1.3 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to expand efforts to break the cycle of crime and violence among young adults ages 18-24, by connecting them to training, jobs and education.