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200 Year Celebration of Local Law Enforcement

Monday April 24, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Alicia Smiley
LMPD
(502) 574-7761

Dwight Mitchell
LMPD
(502) 574-7665


Mayor Jerry E. Abramson, Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert C. White and Texas Roadhouse CEO GJ Hart announced today plans for the Louisville Metro Police Foundation's (LMPF) signature event - the 200 Year Celebration. The Celebration will be held on June 10, 2006 from 8am until 4pm on the Great Lawn of the Waterfront Park.

The event is designed to highlight 200 years of Louisville law enforcement history with activities for children and adults. Activities include a criterium bicycle race, a five kilometer (5K) walk / run, a health and safety fair, food vendors, three musical concerts and a Louisville Bats autograph session. LMPD will also have its tactical units on display including SWATT, Mounted Patrol and Canine Unit. Residents can also meet McGruff the Crime Dog or tour the LMPD helicopter and other specialty vehicles.

"In the past two centuries a lot has changed in Louisville, but one thing remains the same - this community's commitment to public safety," Abramson said. "We want to celebrate Louisville's rich law enforcement history and allow our residents to have a connection with our men and women in uniform."

Several agencies will be represented at the health and safety fair including The Center for Women and Families, LG&E, Family and Children First, the Louisville Metro Health Department, Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Services, Louisville Fire and Rescue, Kentucky Harvest and Bicycling for Louisville.

Music will be provided by Street Heat and Columbia Nashville Recording Artist Brice Long. The food court will feature Papa John's pizza and Texas Roadhouse barbeque.

"The 200 Year Celebration will have a little of something for everyone," White said. "Most of our residents only know what they see or read about us in the news. This gives our officers an opportunity to personally interact with the citizens we serve in a relaxed, family friendly environment."

In anticipation of the Celebration, a limited edition lapel pin will be available for sale to the public. The pins feature the LMPD patch surrounded by the patches of the former Louisville and Jefferson County Police Departments. Sale prices and pin vendors will be announced at a later date. Proceeds from the pin sales and other merchandise will benefit the Foundation.

The Louisville Metro Police Foundation has created a website where people can go for more information on the 200 Year Celebration, www.lmpdfoundation.com. The website provides a link for race registration information along with a complete listing of 200 Year Celebration events. Information about the LMPF and a link for donations are also available on the website.

LMPF is also pursuing additional fundraising opportunities with local businesses and corporations. LMPF Board President and Texas Roadhouse CEO GJ Hart praised Papa John's Founder John Schnatter for being the first company to step up to the plate with a significant donation.

"John and his group didn't hesitate when we approached them to sponsor the criterium bicycle race," Hart said. "Thanks to the donation from Papa John's, winners of the bike race will receive prizes ranging from $500 to $4,000."

The Louisville Metro Police Foundation was established on February 8, 2006 as a non-partisan liaison and partnership between LMPD and the business community. The Foundation's immediate focus is to raise funds to support expenditures that fall outside the realm of LMPD's budget such as continuing education, the awards banquet and the 574-LMPD Crimetip Hotline. 


Louisville Metro Police Department's 200th Year Celebration
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