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LouisvilleKY’s library and Public Health and Wellness Department Offer Heroin Use Prevention Course

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Have you ever worried about your child and drugs? Have you wondered what you can do to stop this problem before it starts? Are you worried that someone you love may be using drugs? The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and the Louisville Free Public Library will offer a course Heroin Hurts Louisville: What We Can Do to help parents, grandparents and caregivers with valuable insights as to why adolescents use drugs, how to start the dialogue about the dangers of substance abuse, and how to act quickly if someone they love is at risk of using….


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LouisvilleKY’s Mayor details comprehensive, six-point crime plan, outlines call to action

  “Be The One” identifies ways to reduce violence, built resilience   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 6, 2017) — Speaking to hundreds of community and civic leaders during an I Am Ali Festival event this evening, Mayor Fischer outlined the many factors contributing to a recent spike in homicides in Louisville and the nation’s other largest cities — including gangs, drugs and an unprecedented number of guns on the streets. Intertwining data, graphics, photos and videos of people ranging from former Mayor Charles Farnsley to Muhammad Ali, the Mayor discussed the contributors to crime, including racial disparities that create concentrated poverty, which…


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LouisvilleKY Metro Council approves 2017-2018 Operations and Capital Budgets for Metro Government

Louisville – By a vote of 24 and 0 and one abstention, the Louisville Metro Council has approved the 2017-2018 Capital and Operating Budgets that have a continued emphasis on road paving, vacant and abandoned properties, criminal justice and quality of life investments. “This is a well balanced budget that addresses many needs in our community and allows for pilots programs to address vacant and abandoned houses and to treat our mentally ill through the Living Room concept.  By trying new programs we are only making our community better and addressing the needs from many avenues,” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler…


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Mayor Fischer to discuss LouisvilleKY public safety and community during “I Am Ali” Festival

  Will reflect on how we replicate the peace experienced during “Ali Week”  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Muhammad Ali Center has announced that Mayor Greg Fischer will deliver a major keynote address on Thursday, July 6, as part of the Center’s inaugural “I Am Ali” Festival. During the event, to be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Ali Center, the Mayor will reflect on Ali’s legacy of peace and its impact on the world and his hometown. In the week between Ali’s death on June 3 and his burial a week later, there were no murders in Louisville, despite a…


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LouisvilleKy’s Syringe Exchange Program Hits Two-Year Mark

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Metro Syringe Exchange Program has marked it’s two year anniversity. Kentucky’s first syringe exchange program began in a mobile unit outside of Public Health and Wellness headquarters at 400 E. Gray St. on June 10, 2015. Since then, the program has been moved into renovated space inside and expanded to include three neighborhood sites.  The exchange is open six days a week on Gray Street, and each of the neighborhood sites is open one day per week. The demand for the Louisville Metro Syringe Exchange Program has far exceeded expectations.  Originally budgeted for about 500 participants per…


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LouisvilleKY Mayor urges state lawmakers to strengthen child abuse reporting requirement

Asks General Assembly to take action before session ends Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer today urged the General Assembly to strengthen the reporting requirement of suspected child abuse when it involves law enforcement officers or leaders. Current Kentucky law requires anyone who suspects that a child is being abused to report it to police, the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services or the county or commonwealth’s attorney. The law does not, however, require a local police department to report to other agencies when one of its officers is suspected of child abuse. “This state law is intended to…


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A slightly bit of better news for LouisvilleKY’s crime rates

Louisville, Ky., – Louisville’s strategy for reducing violence in part by focusing on high-crime areas is showing progress, including a 13 percent reduction in aggravated assaults, 16 percent reduction in burglaries and 29 percent drop in robberies in those communities. Speaking today to Metro Council, Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad also cited a 49 percent increase in arrests over the past three months in the neighborhoods where violent crime has been highest, as well as a 50 percent increase in citations issued; and 58 percent increase in self-initiated police activity. He also noted that police have confiscated 207 guns…


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LouisvilleKY to change special events permitting system

Changes aim to reduce police involvement, road closures Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer today announced changes meant to reduce the role of Louisville Metro Police in providing traffic details and security for special events. Under new guidelines, organizers of special events in the city will be asked to increase volunteer participation during their events for positions that may not require a sworn police officer. Additionally, organizers will be asked to use private security companies when possible. Organizers will also be encouraged to use pre-designated routes that will need a limited or reduced number of sworn law enforcement. “The sheer…


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LouisvilleKY adds new resource with External Agency Fund

Application process for funding is now underway   LOUISVILLE, KY (January 10, 2017) – The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods is aiming to collaborate with nonprofit organizations who have innovative and effective strategies to reduce violence in select neighborhoods. One Love Louisville is the city’s comprehensive plan to reduce citywide violence around homicide, suicide and drug overdose rates. To qualify for support through this fund, agencies must demonstrate they use a public health approach to reducing violence, and provide services to young people ages 14-24 and their families in these areas of service: Decreasing violence in targeted Zones of…


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Chris Thieneman Interview with Lyle Janes on LMPD

This YouTube clip is an interview conducted on a cable access show hosted by Lyle Janes. For almost three years, Thieneman has been working through the court system to clear his name from an assault charge brought by a former girlfriend. He believes he’s been wronged by prosecutors and corrupt police officers, and is taking his case to higher courts. Thieneman also promotes two books. The first is “To Protect and Serve: How to fix America’s Police” written by Norm Stamper. The other is  “Killing Time” a true story about former death row inmate John Thompson, who spent 18 years in for…