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Cameron Statement on Louisville Police Chief Welcoming Additional Police Presence

October 18, 2023

Cameron’s Public Safety Plan includes adding a Kentucky State Police Post in Louisville, which Beshear opposes

Louisville, Ky. (October 18, 2023) — Attorney General and Republican nominee for Governor, Daniel Cameron, released the following statement in response to Louisville’s Chief of Police saying she would welcome a Kentucky State Police Post in Louisville and Mayor Craig Greenberg endorsing key provisions of the Cameron Public Safety Plan:

“Today, two leaders in Louisville embraced key pieces of my public safety plan: enacting a standalone carjacking statute and adding an additional Kentucky State Police post in the city, which has seen an 80 percent increase in homicides since Andy Beshear took office,” Cameron said. “I am proud of the growing bipartisan support for the Cameron Public Safety Plan. Andy Beshear has ridiculed my plan and has ignored violent crime and our law enforcement community. Unlike Andy, I listen to our law enforcement community. That’s why the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed my campaign.”

View the Cameron Safety Plan here.

The Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police, the state’s largest police organization with nearly 11,000 members, endorsed Daniel Cameron in August. They had previously endorsed Andy Beshear in 2019. 

Andy Beshear has emboldened crime and failed to support law enforcement

As Governor, Andy Beshear has failed to reduce crime and to give Kentucky’s law enforcement community the resources and support needed to do their jobs. Since Andy took office, homicides have risen in Louisville by nearly 80 percent. There has been a 30 percent increase in homicides statewide since Andy took office.

During 2020, Andy Beshear followed the lead of Democrats across the nation: He locked down Kentucky’s schools and unlocked Kentucky’s jails.

In 2020 alone, Andy Beshear released 1,700 criminals from jail, with nearly 70 percent of these criminals going on to reoffend. Nearly 50% of the 1,700 went on to commit felonies. 

Andy Beshear has never answered questions about his culpability in making crime worse in Kentucky, and his own Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary said Beshear’s actions took “courage.”

In 2020, rural counties saw a 68.5% increase in homicides. From 2019 to 2021, carjackings in Louisville increased by more than 200%. Louisville has experienced a historic high of murders for three years in a row, and under Andy Beshear’s watch, Louisville has outpaced Chicago’s and Philadelphia’s murder rates.