Mayor Fischer discussed the plan to make Louisville a safer city.
A map of murders in the city in 2012.
An aerial view of the shootings on May 17, 2012.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Making Louisville the safest city in the country is the plan Mayor Greg Fischer is ready to put in place.
Fischer said we are one step closer now that his Violence Prevention Work Group has issued their recommendations.
Mayor Fischer put the group together after May 17 when two people were murdered at 32nd Street and Greenwood Avenue in the Parkland neighborhood. While dozens gathered around the crime scene a third person was shot and killed while police had to shoot her killer. A month later the 37 person task force was formed.
Thursday they issued their 123 page report. Short- term they recommended an increased police presence in both the Parkland and Russell, two places known for violence.
Long-term they said taking pride in neighborhoods by cleaning up vacant homes and overgrown lots along with expanding and improving after school programs for kids will stop future incidents like the one on May 17, but Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, who co-chaired the group, said everyone needs to step up.
"There are some communities that have what they perceive to be a sufficient supply of programs for their kids. They don't have a large home abandonment issue, but there's always the opportunity to mentor and to volunteer in communities that don't have that same level of resources. It may not be the work you're doing is to improve your specific neighborhood or the four blocks around your home but there's always something you can do to give to a community that doesn't have the same amount of resources."
Mayor Fischer said it will be another six months before they have a plan of how to achieve all the recommendations in the report.