Louisville is on pace to set another record for homicides.
So far this year, Louisville Metro police have investigated 66 homicides, and police Chief Steve Conrad said half are unsolved.
“The bottom line is we cannot do our job without your help,” Conrad said.
Last year, LMPD worked a record 118 homicides.
At a news conference Tuesday, Conrad said the city could surpass that number because there have been more homicides this year compared to the same date in 2016.
“We owe it to these victims and to the victims’ families to do all we can to make an arrest and to hold someone accountable for these crimes,” Conrad said.
Conrad and Mayor Greg Fischer demonstrated how the LMPD Service Center works. Employees at the facility answer any call to the anonymous police tip line.
“Crime is not committed in a vacuum,” Fischer said. “In most instances, somebody saw something. They heard something. They know that they can help out.”
Officials at the service center said that when those people call, crimes are solved.
Of the 12,500 crime tips called in last year, 508 tips helped police identify a suspect in a case. That resulted in a total of 601 people being arrested.
“574-LMPD, by design, provides a safe and truly anonymous way for us to work together as a community,” Conrad.
There is no caller ID on the phones that receive tips. Operators do not identify the caller as a man or a woman when they log the tip.
City officials said that while they understand community concerns, there is no reason not to call in a tip.
“Just understand, by not talking to the police, someone that you know, someone that you love, could be the next victim,” Fischer said.
On average, the LMPD Service Center gets about 240 crime tips a week.
People can also submit a crime tip anonymously online. To find out how, click here.