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November 11, 2020 12:19pm

Louisville announces new violent crime prevention program

A new violence prevention initiative is underway in Louisville, seeking to curb a rise in homicides and shootings throughout the city in 2020.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced a partnership between the city and the office of U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman to implement a program known as Group Violence Intervention, or GVI. The program is a deterrence focused method that brings law enforcement, social service providers, and community members together in a wraparound approach that includes clear messaging around the consequences of violence and a clear path out of violent crime for those needing help. The initiative also seeks to forge stronger relationships between law enforcement and the people they serve to build trust and ensure everyone feels safe.

Louisville has seen more than 130 homicides so far this year and nearly 500 shootings. The city’s previous homicide record was set in 2016 at 116.

GLI has voiced strong support for the initiative, working to educate business leaders of its potential and highlighting it at GLI’s recent GLIDE 2020: West End event.

The GVI approach has been successfully implemented in cities of varying sizes across the U.S. with positive results, including a 41 percent decrease in group-involved homicides in Cincinnati and a 34 percent reduction in homicides in Indianapolis.

Read more about GVI and how it will be implemented in Louisville here. In addition, read an op-ed on GVI written by Metro Council President David James and Councilman Anthony Piagentini.