The new year is almost here and for the first time in seven years Lexington police say they're ending the year with all of their homicides solved, unless something changes in the next two weeks.
"It's something to take pride in," said Lt. Brian Maynard.
He says solving murder cases becomes a point of pride for Lexington police because they invest so much of themselves in cases.
"They take it personal, they enjoy their job, they do it well and they are for the victims," he said.
This year there have been more homicide victims than in the past 9 years but police have solved all 20 cases.
There were 14 homicides in 2012, one of them still hasn’t been solved. In 2011 there were 16 homicides.
Maynard says even though evolving technology is helping them close cases, they still depend on witnesses.
"Technology does help but it's still word of information from the public, from neighbors, from witnesses on the street," Maynard said.
Police officials say solving cases isn't glamorous work, it's hard work. There's paperwork, follow-up phone calls and long work days. In the past few weeks some of the detectives skipped sleep to work around the clock.
It’s paying off, in their most recent case, they found and arrested Travis Bredhold just two days after police say he shot and killed a convenience store clerk.
Maynard says being able to give the victim’s families some good news goes beyond being a matter of pride, it becomes personal.
“When they're able to make an arrest and help the victim that makes them feel good," he said.
While police have solved all this year’s homicides they’re still asking for the public’s help to solve seven homicides dating back to 1999. For more information, visit: http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=108