FBI Louisville
Louisville Press Office
(502) 263-6000
February 1, 2021

FBI Louisville Announces Additional Agencies Joining Safe Streets Task Force

LOUISVILLE, KY—FBI Louisville is pleased to announce the addition of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office and the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office to our Safe Streets Task Force. Violent crime affects all communities in a variety of ways. While our respective agencies have different roles and responsibilities, each of us is committed to ensuring a safe environment for all our residents. Solidifying them as members of this task force will not only expand our capabilities and increase our productivity, but it will allow us to leverage the full force of the federal justice system when holding violent criminals accountable.

“Collaboration with our state and local law enforcement partners is essential to ensuring our communities are safe,” said James Robert Brown, Jr., special agent in charge, FBI, Louisville Field Office. “I want to thank both the Bullitt County and Nelson County Sheriff’s Office for strengthening their partnership with FBI Louisville by becoming members of the Safe Streets Task Force. Combining our resources will no doubt aid us in identifying and investigating criminal actors in our area.”

“The violent crime rate in Louisville is skyrocketing” said Bullitt County Sheriff Walt Sholar. “There were 170+ homicides in Louisville in 2020. The aggravated assault rate has increased tremendously as well with over 550 shootings in 2020. That level of violent crime does not stop at city limits and county lines. We in the Louisville region are seeing an uptick in violent crime spilling into our counties as well.”

“That is why I was pleased when our federal partners at the FBI asked us to join the FBI’s Safe Streets Violent Crime Task Force,” continued Sheriff Sholar. “It provides us an opportunity we have never had before to join our FBI partners and other Sheriff’s Offices around the region to collectively root out, apprehend, successfully prosecute and incarcerate the violent criminals preying on our citizens across county lines.”

“We’re excited to partner with the FBI by joining the Safe Streets Task Force,” said Nelson County Sheriff Ramon Pineiroa. “I think this will be beneficial for the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office as well as the citizens of Nelson County. We look forward to being a member of this partnership.”