Organize Against Crime

Measure: Part 1 Crimes (Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft and Theft / Larceny; Aggravated Assaults, Robbery, Rape and Homicide)
Baseline: 1,282 (on average, annually, 2013-16; not including home rule cities)
Current Level 2018: 1,182 (-7.8%)
Goal Level: Under 833 (-35%) by 2019

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Objective 20:  Build Out the Neighborhood Watch Network   



Provide every District 8 neighborhood, home rule city, subdivision, homeowners and condominium association and apartment complex the tools and training to operate a best practice block watch. 

Why is this important?

Improved reporting to local law enforcement is the key to better crime report status updates, service requests and overall community engagement.  

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Conduct an LMPD 5th Division Weekly Crime Updates sign-up drive.  Fifty percent (50%) of District 8 households and businesses will receive LMPD’s Weekly Crime Updates by the end of 2019.

UPDATE (11/7/2019): As of November 7, 2019, there are 5,296 subscribers to District 8 eNews, which includes Neighborhood-by-Neighborhood Crime Reports, LMPD 5th Division Weekly Crime Updates and links to additional crime information. Click here to subscribe to District 8 eNews.  

2. Establish and register neighborhood watch clubs. Fifty percent (50%) of District 8 blocks will be registered and actively participate in watch clubs by the end of 2020.

UPDATE (12/17/2018): District 8 Neighborhood Watch Workshops were held May 24 and August 23, 2017. While the workshops and other outreach have led to the creation of a handful of new watch clubs, it has become clear that a shift to a digital and social media-based approach is the key to solving this problem.  I have repeatedly requested LMPD's help with this. My goal now is to make significant progress by 2019.   

Objective 21:  Invest in Our Late-Night Economy   



Expand our 5th Division Patrol, secure ride service sponsorships to curb drunk driving and upgrade street cleaning to leave no trace of nightlife during the day.

Why is this important?

We must enhance the Baxter Avenue bar and restaurant corridor to make sure that it remains a net positive for our community.   

Initiative Health: What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Establish a Highlands business improvement district exploratory committee by the end of FY17 (June 30, 2017).  

COMPLETE (3/27/2019): The proposal to establish a Highlands Management District was an opportunity to transform the Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue corridor by making it safer and cleaner, and to ensure the economic vitality and sustainability of District 8's - and Louisville's - premier commercial corridor.  Click here to view primary documents and for more information. The initiative failed but spawned the Baxter-Bardstown Anti-Litter Leadership (BBALL) program. 

2. Form a Partnership for a Responsible City. Facilitate 5,000 safe rideshare or designated driver service usages by the end of 2019.

UPDATE (11/28/2018): Metro Council District 8 is proud to partner with the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign to support safe rides home from the Highlands with Lyft during key holidays throughout the year.  Since December 2017, we've given 949 safe rides home from District 8!

Objective 22:  Coordinate Police Forces



Advocate for the creation of a Home Rule Cities Resource Officer position within the LMPD to coordinate with the multiple other police departments in Jefferson County, and to better serve residents.

Why is this important?

It is vital to coordinate police visibility and intelligence within communities of unclear or overlapping jurisdiction.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Review the operations of the Strathmoor Village Police Department and LMPD 5th Division to develop an improved collaboration strategy by the end of 2017.

COMPLETE (9/17/2019): Major Aubrey Gregory and Chief Joe Renzi initiated a joint departmental review October 4, 2017. Since then, the lawmen - and their successors, Major Bridget Hallahan and Chief Mike Lamey - have had follow-up meetings approximately every 45 days.  This has enabled quick and accurate exchange of information between their personnel working the streets, technology sharing and solving crimes by working together. 

Objective 23:  Keep Guns Out of the Wrong Hands



Combat illegal guns by doing everything within the city’s power. 

Why is this important?

Louisville gunshot homicides are at record levels. 

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Advocate for the repeal of the KRS 65.870 prohibition on local firearms control ordinances. Until the time of such repeal, I will explore every possible loophole to get illegal guns off our streets.

UPDATE (6/4/2018): Drafted House Bill 189 and a resolution in support thereof, both of which stalled in the General Assembly and Metro Council, respectively. I intend to reintroduce this legislation (or something like it) in 2019.      

2. Advocate for a dedicated police Illegal Guns Unit by FY19 (July 1, 2018).
The Ninth Mobile Division’s gun-hunting squad needs additional resources to support tougher prosecution and sentencing advocacy.  

UPDATE (7/2/2018): After further discussion with LMPD Chief Steve Conrad and 9th Mobile Division Commander Major William Hibbs in spring 2018, I am satisfied that the organization in place is sufficient to address the issue of illegal guns, as well as other types of violent crime.  

Objective 24:  Crack Down on Animal Cruelty



Introduce an ordinance clarifying stricter criminal penalties for offenses involving the intentional infliction of serious suffering, injury or death to an animal, including cruel neglect and whenever any animal is caused to fight for pleasure or profit. 

Why is this important?

There has been a disturbing amount of violent crimes committed against animals over the last several years. Animal abuse is indefensible. Moreover, the link between animal cruelty and both domestic violence as well as child abuse has been shown to exist. Therefore, this issue demands a more serious response.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Introduce an ordinance clarifying stricter penalties for animal cruelty by the end of 2017.

COMPLETE (8/10/2017): On 8/10/2017 the Metro Council passed an ordinance I sponsored, mandating Class B misdemeanor status and 5-day minimum imprisonment (not to exceed 60 days in jail) for a criminal animal cruelty offense under the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances.

UPDATE (3/14/2019): Also, on 8/10/2017, the Metro Council passed a resolution I sponsored urging the Kentucky State Legislature to extend the "Look Before You Lock Act" to apply to situations involving pets left unattended in hot vehicles. Senate Bill 8 passed through the Senate, but not the House, in 2018. Senate Bill 12 passed through the Senate, but not the House, in 2019. We will continue to advocate for this in the 2020 General Assembly. 

COMPLETE (4/12/2019): My ordinance creating an animal abuse offender registry for Jefferson County passed April 11, 2019, and went into effect October 2019.  

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