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Members of the Metro Council join with LMPD for National Night Out, August 7th

Monday August 6, 2007

For Immediate Release
Louisville Metro Council
Contact:
Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
Stephen Haag 574-1204/645-1752

Members of the Louisville Metro Council are joining forces with the Louisville Metro Police as part of the 24th Annual National Night Out (NNO), a unique crime/drug prevention event all across America. NNO is designed to heightened crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

On Tuesday, August 7th LMPD will host special events involving citizens, civic organizations, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials in all eight divisions of Metro Louisville. Several Council members have funded programs to educate the community on public safety and crime prevention.

Here is a listing of events for National Night Out:

First Division Open House and Cook Out:

Location: 416 North 29th Street from 6-8 pm

The event will highlight crime prevention and give residents of the area a chance to enjoy a cook out and get to know the officers of the Division. It will focus on crime prevention and working with officers.

“Community-oriented policing has been a positive approach to fighting crime for all of Metro Louisville,” says Councilman David Tandy (D) 4. “I would encourage everyone to come out and talk with the people who work in this Division. Making public safety a priority is a partnership between police and the community.”

Second Division Crime Prevention and Personal Safety Fair

Location: 3418 Bohne Ave from 6-8pm

Councilwomen Judith Green (D) 1 and Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5 are co-sponsors of this event which will cover areas such as personal safety, fire prevention, a home security display, identity theft and preventing telephone, internet and sweepstakes scams.

"I want to encourage everyone to come out to meet the men and women of this division," says Hamilton. "They are here to help and the best way to fight crime is to know who to report it to when it happens."

Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D) is also planning to attend the Safety Fair. “In past years, we have found when people get involved with law enforcement it makes a major difference in a neighborhood.” she says.

Green's District 1 is also partnering with the Highland Park Missionary Baptist Church to hold a special event in Southern part of the District. That event will be located at 3700 Shanks Lane.

"I applaud the efforts of our churches in this community to step forward and offer their help in these community policing efforts," says Green.

Third Division Community Fair: Crime Prevention and Youth Activities

Location: Southwest Government Center 7219 Dixie Highway from 6-9pm

Metro Council President Rick Blackwell (D) 12 along with Council Members Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13 and Bob Henderson (D) 14 and Doug Hawkins (R) 25 will be on hand to welcome anyone who comes out for this cookout and public safety displays.

"We owe a great deal to our police officers," says Henderson. "If you have ever had a question about what officer do on patrol or wondered who do I call about this if you think a crime has been committed this is your chance to get some answers."

"With the District 13 Summer initiative we have focused on crime prevention," says Welch. "But many people just do not know what all is involved in covering Southwest Jefferson County."

A TARC Trolley will be provided to the event from the Christian Academy Southwest Campus at 8307 St. Andrews Church Road.

“Tomorrow, we are joining citizens, block watch groups and police throughout the country in National Night Out activities,” says Blackwell. “This is a great way to foster relationships between the Louisville Metro Police and the community.”

“When we know some basic prevention techniques, it can go along way in combating crime,” says Hawkins. “There will be some good information presented and it could go far in keep anyone from becoming a victim.”

Fourth Division Open House

Location: Central Park 1340 South Fourth Street from 6-9pm

Councilman George Unseld (D) 6 has provided funding for this Open House in Old Louisville and is encouraging neighborhood associations to come out and participate.

"Crime knows no specific geographic boundaries in our city," says Unseld. "Even established areas like ours have to deal with the same concerns as other areas. If people in Old Louisville have not talked with officers in the district for some time, this is the best way to find out."

Councilman Jim King (D) 10 is also providing funding for the Open House and will have representatives on hand to listen to residents concerns.

Council Members Marianne Butler (D) 15 and Dan Johnson (D) 21 are also providing funds for the Open House. Their offices will also be on hand for the event to meet with residents and learn of any concerns involving crime

Fifth Division Open House

Location: 2301 Douglass Blvd from 6-9pm

The highlight of this event will be a chance to see the newly remodeled Division Headquarters on Douglass Blvd. Resident will get a chance to tour the facility and then participate in a cook out.

“The Division will stress special attention on child safety,” says Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9. “They will offer child seat inspections for free as well as provide parents with information on how to get a Kids ID.”

Ward-Pugh and Councilman Tom Owen (D) 8 meet with officers in the Division once a month to check on programs and needs of the area.

“I want everyone along Bardstown Road and beyond to come out and learn what police are doing to make us all safe,” says Owen.

Sixth Division Crime Prevention Display and Community Cook Out

Location: Lowe's Parking Lot, Bashford Manor Lane from 6-8pm

Councilman Jim King (D) 10 and Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D) 2 are helping sponsor this Community Cook Out for Division that covers a wide area.

"The officers here not only work with the communities of Newburg, and Norfolk but also Bashford Manor," says King. "They have also taken on extra duties in watching out for the city of West Buechel. We appreciate their hard work."

"The Sixth Division has worked well in dealing with young people and the curfew," says Shanklin. "But the division has also gone out of its way to work with everyone in the community."

Both King and Shanklin encourage everyone to come out and learn what crime prevention programs are available to the community. Councilman Kevin Kramer (R) 11 also plans to have a representative on hand to listen to any concerns of those who live in the Hikes Point area.

Seventh Division Crime Prevention Display, Community Cook Out with Mall Activities

Location: Target Department Store Parking Lot near Jefferson Mall from 5-8pm

Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D) 24 is helping sponsor this cook out. Target is also giving its support to many of the events which include a rock climbing wall for kids and a bike rodeo to stress safety.

"We have had three very successful summer seminars that have deal with protecting children on line, women's self defense and protecting your home and family with crime prevention," says Flood. "Our police have been a key to the successes of those seminars and I encourage everyone to come out and see the displays."

Councilman James Peden (R) 23 will also be on hand as part of the activities to meet with residents and police officers.

Eighth Division “Partnerships That Strengthen Our Community: We Say No To Crime

Location: Springhurst Shopping Center Target Dept. Store from 6-8:30pm

Businesses of the Springhurst area have coordinated this event with Metro Police which will focus on reviving neighborhood block watch programs, networking with other programs and child safety.

“I appreciate the efforts of the Springhurst National Night Out Committee,” says Councilman Glen Stuckel (R) 17. “I am excited our businesses and Metro police are working together to promote safety awareness within the community".

Council Members Kelly Downard (R) 16 and Stuart Benson (R) 20 are also planning to be on hand to talk with residents about safety issues and concerns.