First Responders Talk City Safety During Morning Panel

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – First responders met with business leaders in Lexington Friday morning to talk about safety.

The panel discussion was hosted by Commerce Lexington, Inc. and featured Police Chief Mark Barnard, Sheriff Kathy Witt & Fire Chief Kristin Chilton.

Police chief Mark Barnard says crime in the city, while up about five percent compared to last year, is lower than it was in the 1990s.

He says property crimes are the most common, and that nearly half of all stolen vehicles were left unlocked and had the keys in the car.

The chief considers Lexington safe but says everyone still needs to work together

“I think it’s constant improvement, even if your thinking it’s as good as it can get there’s always ways to improve it constantly,” said Chief Barnard. “I’m encouraged, and I’ll tell you why, because we’re in conversation with so many people that want to engage and want to help.”

Fire Chief Kristin Chilton talked about the use of Narcan among first responders, saying last month the fire department used 100 cans of of the overdose-reversal drug, while this month they’ve already gone through 150 cans.  She says the price of the drug is also increasing, just as usage rises.

ABC 36s Melanie Kendall will have more on on the discussion and what first responders are doing this evening on ABC 36 News at 5, 5:30, & 6.

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