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Metro Newsroom

The Fourth Division Connecting Kids with Computers

Saturday November 6, 2004

Contact: Helene Kramer
Director of Media & Public Relations
(502) 574-7762 (Office)
(502) 817-0687 (Cell)

                                    LMPD "Connecting Kids with Computers"

(November 6, 2004) -- The Louisville Metro Police Department's Fourth Division is bridging the technology gap for children who can not afford computers. Twenty-seven school children whose parents can not afford a computer now have one.

The "Connecting Kids with Computers" program began because Major Larry Watkins wanted to develop a crime prevention initiative aimed at children. "It seemed clear to me that if students have the technology they need to be successful in school, the chances of them engaging in criminal activity would be reduced," says Major Watkins.

Back in May "Connecting Kids with Computers" started with the donation of one computer given to one child who attends Engelhard Elementary School.  Since then the Fourth Division, which serves neighborhoods including Old Louisville, Shelby Park and Smoketown, has generated the donation of 27 gently used computers from generous people throughout the community.  The students were presented with their computers at an event held at the Fourth Division substation in Old Louisville.

Anyone in the community wishing to donate a computer to the "Connecting Kids with Computers" program can contact Major Larry Watkins, Commander of the Fourth Division, at 574-7010.