Citizens and officers taking part in the 90 Days, 90 Nights walk.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Working together to stop crimes. That's the message from Louisville Metro Police officers in the Fourth Division.
The Fourth Division is the only division in the city to spear head a violent crime reduction walk. They were out in the Oakdale neighborhood on Tuesday in hopes of raising awareness and getting others to join in. Residents, concerned citizen, and city leaders hit the streets.
"I think it is a great way for the neighborhoods to get back out, take back our neighborhoods, and show there is a positive relationship with the police department," said Councilwoman Marianne Butler (District 15).
They're all joining Fourth Division officers as they kick off the 90 Days and 90 Nights Team Street Safe program.
"We're tired of the violence and we're tired of the crimes," said Major Kim Kraeszig, commander of the Fourth Division. "A lot of people work so hard everyday for the things that they own and they want to feel safe in their homes."
Kraeszig said the program is in its second year.
"We can't put officers on every street corner, but we have residents everywhere," said Kraeszig.
The goal is to form a strong relationship with neighbors and let them know they can call and report any suspicious activity.
"It's really nice to let the community know how much we really care that it is not just a job," Kraeszig said. "We're here because we want to reduce crimes and we want to make their neighborhoods safe."
Oakdale neighborhood president Barbara Devereaux rolled through this year's walk because of a pending a knee surgery, even that didn't stop her from getting involved.
"If people see, people out walking, they are more aware that 'hey, they're not going to keep their mouths shut if they see things that are really wrong, they will call the police and report it," said Devereaux.
Also among the crowd on Tuesday was 9-year-old Erica Hughes. At the age of two, Erica was shot multiple times and left for dead in a home invasion. Hughes' mother was fatally wounded. Now this brave girl has a message to anybody who turns to violence.
"I want to tell them that I've been through all this and I just want to tell you to stop doing what you are doing," said Hughes.
Kraeszig believes this type of community involvement works. In the last two years Kraeszig said crime in her division has gone down 16%. Right now they have six more walks planned in the next few months.
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