Public Safety

With violent crime rising in cities across the U.S., Mayor Fischer introduced a six-point plan for violence  prevention in Louisville, with a shared focus on enforcement and prevention – attacking root causes
of crime.

“Just hiring more officers and making more
arrests will not get the job done alone,” 
he said.


In partnership with federal agencies, LMPD keys
on hot-spot policing that focuses on narcotics trafficking, illegal gun use and the small
percentage of people committing violence.


Stopping violence before it starts; led by the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN). Such efforts as Zones of Hope, No More Red Dots, Trauma Response Collaboration, Pivot to Peace, Clergy Resource Team.


Partnering with the community to build positive capacity, with programs like SummerWorks, Right Turn and ReImage, Metro Mentors.


Getting everyone involved through such efforts as Cure Violence, One Love Louisville Ambassadors, OSHN Advisory Council and External Agency Fund, block watch and neighborhood associations.


Partnering with agencies like Restorative Justice, Cardinal Success, 21st Century Policing to ask, “Are our policies, practices and systems working?”


Preventing recidivism with smooth transitions. Programs include FACT (2), ReImage, Second Chance Employment.

Investments to keep us safer


  • Body Cameras: All officers now outfitted with body cameras, allowing for accurate, transparent documentation of interactions between police and the community.
  • ShotSpotter: Gunshots pinpointed in real time, allowing officers to respond more quickly to shooting scenes.
  • Real Time Crime Center: Using technology to provide intelligence and quick support to police in the field.

Louisville Fire and Rescue

  • Unveiled new state-of-the-art apparatus to modernize firefighting ability.

Youth Detention Services

  • Received a near perfect score — 99.45 — on its latest American Correctional Association audit.


  • Metro Corrections met and exceeded the rigorous American Correctional Association Core Jail Standards;  recognized as a best in class local detention system – only jail in Kentucky to hold such distinction.


  • Implemented Smart911 program to enhance emergency response to citizen calls.

Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods

  • Kenan Charitable Trust: Investing more than $5 million in Louisville/Lexington partnership to boost life outcomes for young black men impacted by violence.
  • Cure Violence: Three new outreach workers are being trained in this public health approach to stop the spread of violence by using strategies associated with disease control.
  • Youth Engagement: From an Idea Challenge inviting young people to offer anti-violence projects, to outreach teams at YDS and JCPS, to poetry slams and gardening projects, we’re giving voice, guidance and support to our community’s young people.
  • One Love Louisville Ambassadors: Hosted nearly 200 people at five Ambassador Institute Trainings this year, modeling a public health approach to violence interruption.
  • External agencies: Distributed nearly $150,000 to 19 community partners working to support youth and families in west Louisville and decrease exposure to violence. These groups have engaged over 700 people, reducing truancy, recidivism and risk-taking among participants.
  • Faith Directory: A new database designed to improve faith-based engagement.