Tuesday May 8, 2007
Focus on elder-abuse prevention during May
Meth workshop planned for June
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Police Chief Robert White today expanded the city’s community-oriented policing efforts by launching a new public-awareness campaign to “Keep Louisville Safe.”
The effort will include public-service announcements, workshops, community gatherings and other activities that encourage citizens to partner with police to help foster a safe community.
“We’ve had such tremendous success promoting our 574-LMPD tip line as a way for citizens to join with police to help solve crimes, and we’re now going to expand that effort to be sure our citizens know there are other ways to engage to help Keep Louisville Safe,” Abramson said.
Elder-abuse prevention is campaign’s first topic
The mayor and police chief today were at the Kling Center to tape segments of a public-service announcement (PSA) for the campaign’s first focus - the prevention of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.
“We want to remind our seniors, as well as their family members, to be aware of those abusive or exploitive situations, and specifically how to handle those instances,” White said. “As the weather warms up we tend to see an increase in home-improvement scams and other fraud.”
Last year the police department’s Crimes Against Seniors Squad investigated 249 cases of elder abuse. The majority of those cases involved financial exploitation. Police were able to make arrests in 90 percent of those cases.
The first in a series of Keep Louisville Safe public-service announcements will educate viewers about signs of abuse or fraud against seniors, and who to call for help. The announcements, produced by MetroTV, will air throughout the month on the Metro Government channel and Insight Communications. The public-service announcements are also being provided to area television stations for broadcast.
Over the course of the next year, the Keep Louisville Safe campaign also will address issues such as:
- Internet safety
- Cyclist and pedestrian safety
- Identity theft
- Domestic-violence prevention
- Proper use of 911
- Neighborhood Watch programs
‘Meth 101’ workshop planned in June
Next month, the campaign will focus on methamphetamine abuse.
A “Meth 101 Workshop,” hosted by the Louisville Metro Police Department and the Louisville Metro Department of Neighborhoods, will teach residents how to spot the warning signs of meth addiction or how to recognize a working meth lab.
The event will take place June 5, 2007 at Louisville Male High School, 4409 Preston Highway. Registration, networking and information fair will begin at 5:30 p.m. The presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session at 8 p.m.
To register for the “Meth 101 Workshop” call MetroCall 311 or visit www.Louisvilleky.gov/neighborhoods.