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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Two weeks into 2022 and the Lexington Police Department is already tasked with solving two homicides.

The first homicide of the year happened on Anniston Drive on Jan. 3 claiming the life of 24-year-old Deandre Green, the second happened Friday, Jan. 7 on Cantrill Drive leaving 26-year-old Kobby Martin dead.

No new details have been released in those investigations however, Lexington Police says they are taking action to ensure a safer year for the community.

Aside from anonymous tips and community partnerships, the police department is also considering new technology like advanced license plate readers and Shot Spotter to help fight crime. Shot Spotter is a new technology that claims to be able to quickly notify officers of where and when a gun is fired.

The department is facing some staffing shortages at the moment however, Lieutenant Paul Boyles said that isn’t stopping them from using every tool at their disposal to keep the community protected.

“Certainly, that’s in the back of the detectives and the sergeants and even my own mind, is this what we’re looking at for the rest of the year. But there are a lot of new technologies coming online to help us identify and track subjects. We really want to be more open and encouraging as far as video surveillance,” said Lieutenant Paul Boyles, Bureau of Investigation, Personal Crimes Section Lexington Police Department.

By video surveillance Boyles said he means spending more time at scenes trying to retrieve relevant home surveillance footage in the area.

The police department is actively recruiting. If you’re interested in taking on a more active role in stopping the violence, contact the Lexington Police Department for more recruitment information.