LOUISVILLE -- Jefferson County recorded a record-high number of homicides in 2016, but new statistics provided by the Louisville Metro Police Department show that this year's total has outpaced last year's mark.
Through Monday there had been 36 criminal homicides within the jurisdiction of LMPD, as opposed to 29 at this point in 2016. There would go on to be 123 homicides in Jefferson County last year, breaking the record of 110 set in 1971. The 2016 total also amounted to a 43 percent increase from the previous year and was over double the number of homicides in 2014.
Mayor Greg Fischer and LMPD stated last year that most of the homicides were related to illicit drug distribution. In January, city officials announced the creation of a task force to crack down on gangs and drug dealers, with the LMPD joining forces with the FBI and DEA.