Hopkinsville Police Chief Responds to Recent Shootings
Hopkinsville Police Chief Guy Howie says he plans to ramp up patrols following two shootings and one homicide in his community in the last month.
At last night’s city council meeting, Howie said he's met with residents and has re-allocated resources and manpower, including overtime for street-level enforcement.
“I talked to one lady who said that she is so scared, that about (at) six o'clock at night, she shuts her windows, locks her door and goes to the back of the house," Howie said.
"We're not going to have residents living in fear like that."
Howie says his team has made progress in the three shooting cases, and that they are not connected to each other or related to gang activity.
He encourages groups in the community to help with neighborhood security activities; the local Boys and Girls Club is promoting an anti-violence program.
“We're going to be having a very strong presence in the areas where we're starting to see some of these issues come up,” Howie said.