Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad http://wfpl.org en Listen: 'Misidentified 4' Say They Have Lost Faith in Louisville Metro Police http://wfpl.org/post/listen-misidentified-4-say-they-have-lost-faith-louisville-metro-police <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When a Jefferson County </span><a href="/post/grand-jury-declines-indict-4-men-downtown-mob-violence-charges" style="line-height: 1.5;">grand jury declined to indict 20-year-old Craig Dean and his cousins</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on felony robbery charges Tuesday, it was the end of a months-long &nbsp;nightmare.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:10:06 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9654 at http://wfpl.org Listen: 'Misidentified 4' Say They Have Lost Faith in Louisville Metro Police Where Homicides Happened in Louisville So Far in 2013 http://wfpl.org/post/where-homicides-happened-louisville-so-far-2013 <p>Louisville Metro had fewer<a href="/post/overall-crime-drops-louisville-homicides-and-aggravated-assaults-rise-fbi-says"> violent and property crimes committed in 2012 compared to 2011, </a>but <a href="/post/louisville-metro-police-chief-steve-conrad-we-have-more-work-do-despite-crime-decrease">Police Chief Steve Conrad is still concerned.</a></p><p>One reason is an increase in homicides and aggravated assaults despite decreases in the other crime categories. Conrad told me earlier this week that trends from 2012 appear to be holding in 2013 through at least July.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:00:51 +0000 Joseph Lord 6897 at http://wfpl.org Where Homicides Happened in Louisville So Far in 2013 LMPD to Target Violent Crime With New VIPER Unit http://wfpl.org/post/lmpd-target-violent-crime-new-viper-unit <p>Violent crime statistics are on an uptick in Louisville in 2012, and Police Chief Steve Conrad recently announced the formation of a new unit to specifically tackle this growing problem.&nbsp; The VIPER unit will go after the worst offenders in the city and focus resources on known hot spots.</p> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 12:59:08 +0000 Brad Yost 1525 at http://wfpl.org LMPD to Target Violent Crime With New VIPER Unit Chief Conrad Talks Shanklin Probe, Challenges Residents to Help Fight Crime http://wfpl.org/post/chief-conrad-talks-shanklin-probe-challenges-residents-help-fight-crime <p>Speaking before the Louisville Forum on Wednesday, Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad challenged residents and city institutions to do more to detour violent crime while addressing a probe into Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin&#39;s office.</p><p>The city has seen several high-profile acts of violence recently, such as a<a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2012/05/17/fischer-condemns-shootings-will-meet-with-west-end-leaders/"> shooting spree this May in the Parkland neighborhood</a> that killed three and injured others. Since then, there have been other brazen incidents, such as the <a href="http://www.wave3.com/story/18766969/murdered-teen-identified-as-shawnee-high-school-student">murder of a 15-year-old high Shawnee High school student</a> and an assault rifle homicide in Old Louisville.</p><p>Conrad says the police force can&rsquo;t arrest its ways out of this problem and that there are many things social services and the community can do to reduce incidents like the shooting spree in west Louisville.</p><p>&quot;There were many, many points between the day of that shooting (in Parkland) and when those people were born where families could have gotten involved, churches could have gotten involved and social services could have gotten involved,&quot; he says. &quot;So we need to look for other institutions to help make a stronger and more sustainable community.&quot;</p><p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 978 at http://wfpl.org Chief Conrad Talks Shanklin Probe, Challenges Residents to Help Fight Crime Metro Police to Conduct Racial Profiling Study http://wfpl.org/post/metro-police-conduct-racial-profiling-study <p>The Louisville Metro Police Department will conduct a study to determine if officers are racially profiling residents when making traffic stops.</p><p>During the Metro Council budget hearings, Police Chief Steve Conrad testified that since being sworn-in he has been asked at several community meetings if officers pull over African-Americans more than whites.</p><p>Before city and county governments merged, the old city collected data on the race of individuals who were pulled over or detained, but quit analyzing the data after a few years.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:48:28 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 646 at http://wfpl.org Metro Police to Conduct Racial Profiling Study Police Chief Tells Council Crime Up Eight Percent http://wfpl.org/post/police-chief-tells-council-crime-eight-percent <p>Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad testified before the Budget Committee on Wednesday that crime has increased by eight percent in the last year.</p><p>In recent weeks, the escalation of violence has concerned residents and gained the attention of community and city leaders. In May, a <a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2012/05/17/fischer-condemns-shootings-will-meet-with-west-end-leaders/">shooting spree in the Parkland neighborhood left three dead and three others injured</a> including the brazen murder of Makeba Lee, 24, who was shot by Cheetara Goldsmith, 24, in front of officers.</p><p>Earlier this week, 15-year-old Tysha <a href="http://www.wave3.com/story/18766969/murdered-teen-identified-as-shawnee-high-school-student">Spearman, a junior at Shawnee High School, was shot and killed</a> and a <a href="http://www.wave3.com/story/18765861/4-year-old-shooting-victim-released-from-hospital">4-year-old was shot in the arm</a> nearby the Parkway Place housing projects.</p><p>Conrad says the department is planning to create a new mobile unit that will target high crime areas and repeat offenders.</p><p>&quot;For the coming year we are focusing on reducing violent crime. That should go without saying. We have pulled together a summer crime reduction task force, which involves identifying and arresting the worst of the worst, putting police officers in the most challenged areas, which we are referring to as hot spots,&quot; he says.</p><p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 21:44:41 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 640 at http://wfpl.org