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National Night Out at Wyandotte Park on August 5th

Monday July 28, 2008

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

Members of the Metro Council will join in support of the 25th Annual National Night Out (NNO Program) with the Louisville Metro Police Department on Tuesday, August 5th at Wyandotte Park.

The NNO Program which is held on the first Tuesday each August has been extraordinarily successful in promoting involvement in crime and drug prevention activities, strengthening police-community relations and encouraging neighborhood cooperation as a part of the fight for safer streets.

Since 1984, “National Night Out-America’s Night Out Against Crime” has grown to involve over 34 million people from more than 10,000 communities.

This year Council members David Tandy (D-4), George Unseld (D-6), Jim King (D-10) Marianne Butler (D-15) and Dan Johnson (D-21) are partnering with LMPD to bring a popular and effective vehicle for heightened awareness, enhancing police-community relations and bolstering volunteer morale.

"National Night Out has become a traditional reminder for all neighborhoods everywhere that we as a community, together, can fight crime,” says Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D) 15.

This year’s event will highlight LMPD, Louisville Fire and EMS. Each department will be on hand to present information to prevent crime as well as procedures on what to do in the event of an emergency.

“We should be proud that we have many hard working people in public safety in the Metro Government,” says Councilman Dan Johnson (D) 21. “This is a chance to get to know the officers who patrol our community.”

The event will get underway from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Wyandotte Park is located at 1010 Beecher Street off Taylor Boulevard near the Watterson Expressway.

“Public safety is a top priority for the Metro Council,” says President King. “Anything we can do to bring police, fire and EMS closer to the public will only serve to enhance public safety in our community.”

“This is a great opportunity to show our deep appreciation for the Police who are putting their life on the line everyday by providing a safe environment for our community,” says Unseld.

Among the many displays on hand for National Night Out, mounted police, the K-9 Unit, a bike safety rodeo for the kids, KID ID kits, the National Guard Inflatable Obstacle Course and health screenings.

The Cincinnati Reds Rookie League will also be available. The Major League Baseball team has partnered with Metro Parks at Wyandotte Park in the past to improve baseball fields at the park as part of its overall master plan renovation.

There will also be free food and music. Door Prizes will also be given away throughout the evening.

“We have already seen the new sense of pride that many neighborhoods are experiencing all over the city,” says Tandy. “When neighborhoods decide enough is enough when it comes to crime, we all benefit.”

For more information about National Night Out at Wyandotte Park, contact Officer Shane Justis or Officer Dean Sturgeon at 574-7010.

Marianne Butler (D) 15
David Tandy (D) 4
George Unseld (D) 6
Jim King (D) 10
Dan Johnson (D) 21