Police chief says reports of shots fired down in past month

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington’s police chief says while Lexington may feel less safe than it has in the past, the numbers say otherwise. By our count, there have been at least 25 homicides so far this year in the city, just about ten fewer than a record 34 in 2020.

However, Chief Lawrence Weathers says the number of shots fired reported in the last month has gone down. He says the city is working hard to partner police and fire with organizations like ONE Lexington, which works with kids to prevent crime.

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“You’re looking at a police department that despite of and in spite of all the negatives that you’ve seen in the last year- year and a half, our police officers are still out there doing the job and doing the things it takes to keep people safe,” says Weathers.

But police need your help. The department has an anonymous tip program called Bluegrass Crime Stoppers. Weathers says if you leave a tip, officers will look into it within a couple hours.

To submit a tip through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers, go to bluegrasscrimestoppers.com or reach it at (859)253-2020 or 1-877-970-2020.