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Metro Council encourages Louisville to sing “Happy Birthday” to Metro Police.

Thursday June 8, 2006

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate Release:

Louisville – They patrol streets, fight crime and take the time to help whenever possible.

They are the men and women of Louisville Metro Police, who have a big celebration coming up.

It’s the 200th birthday of the force that keeps all of us safe.

On Saturday, June 10th, Louisville Metro Police will hold a day long celebration at Waterfront Park. There will be a 5k Run/Walk, a health and safety fair, food court and concerns.

“The Metro Police Department continues to recruit officers who put their lives on the line to protect the citizens of Louisville,” says Councilman Leonard Watkins (D) 1. “This will be a moment of celebration that we should attend and engage in a fun, relaxed environment where we can have an opportunity to get know our officers in a stress-free atmosphere.”   

The event is also being looked upon as an opportunity for the public.

“The Police Department’s birthday is a perfect time to say ‘Thank you’ not only to the men and women who help to keep Metro Louisville safe, but also to those men and women in the former city and county police departments who helped make our community what it is today.” says Councilman David Tandy (D) 4.

Tandy went on to say the celebration also provides an opportunity for people from across the city to begin building closer worker relationships with the law enforcement community in a collective effort to improve the quality of life in Louisville.

“I would like to extend and invitation to all residents of District 13 as well as all the people of Louisville Metro to celebrate with the LMPD and their 200 years of service,” said Councilwoman Vicki Welch (D) 13. “These brave men and women put their lives on the line everyday to protect us all in trying to keep our city safe.”

While Louisville Metro Police is only been in existence for a little more than three years since merger there is a rich history over these last two centuries.

“The creation of a police department in 1806 was a sign of Louisville’s transition,” said Councilman Tom Owen (D) 8. “The transition was from a rough frontier stop to an emerging, growing community of the Midwest.”

But Saturday’s celebration is also a chance for the public to get out and talk with officers.

“We are fortunate to have dedicated men and women who wear an important uniform in our community 24/7,” says Majority Leader Jim King (D). “This is a good chance to thank them for their efforts”
For a calendar of events on Saturday, you can go to www.lmpdfoundation.org

Sponsor(s):
Leonard Watkins (D) 1
David Tandy (D) 4
Tom Owen (D) 8
Vicki Welch (D) 13