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Task Force: Violent Crime In Lexington Down In 2018

Posted at 6:05 AM, Mar 01, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– A joint task force says violent crime is dropping across Lexington.

Between 2017 and 2018 violent crime dropped 13 percent overall. That includes a 21 percent decrease in homicides and a 23 percent decrease in shootings.

US Attorney Robert Duncan credits the success to their partnerships within the task force all working together toward a common goal.

“It’s about getting everyone in the same room and talking together and working together and sharing ideas and sharing solutions that is that is a key part of partnerships in law enforcement and partnerships in general it’s about being willing to work together and not necessarily care who gets credit,” Duncan said.

Lexington police say work still needs to be done, but they are happy with the direction the city is moving.

As of Jan. 31, serious crimes were up 1.8 percent from 2018.