LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Another Tuesday, another peace walk. But while Louisville Metro police try events like these to help with a spike in murders, the department is hardly alone.
"This is a problem throughout the whole country right now," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.
The latest FBI figures show a nationwide increase of 1.7 percent in the numbers of violent crimes in the first 6 months of 2015. The number of homicides in large cities like Dallas, TX; Jacksonville, Florida; LA; and Memphis have all jumped. For the other three months of 2016, the homicide rates in roughly 24 cities were again already on the rise by as much as 9 percent.
"I guess I take little comfort in knowing that just because it's happening in other places it doesn't mean it's OK here," Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad said.
Both Conrad and Fischer said they talk to those in their same positions in other cities, a group work session to determine what is working or not and plans of attack.
"We are focusing our effort on the neighborhoods that are seeing the most violence and that seems to be a unique approach," Conrad said.
The mayor was clear about one thing - the Feds should be doing more.
"The Center for Disease Control can't even analyze gun related homicides because Congress won't let to do that, won't let them do that," he said.
The Mayor calls the rising murder rates a public health problem and said it's not just the city that needs to come up with answers, but rather the nation.
"At the local level through good policing and partnership with federal agencies we are doing the best we can but the country can do a whole more here," he said.