Alcoa Donation for Crime Prevention
Monday July 31, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Alicia Smiley
Alcoa Plant Manager
July 31, 2006 (Louisville, KY) - Alcoa's Louisville Foil Plant Manager Scott Russ today presented a $50,000 Alcoa Foundation grant to Mayor Jerry E. Abramson and Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert C. White for the West Louisville Crime Prevention Project. The grant will allow officers to go door to door in target neighborhoods promoting the Neighborhood Watch and CitizenObserver programs.
The LMPD and Alcoa, Inc. Crime Prevention Project will begin as a pilot program in neighborhoods in the First Division including Phoenix Hill, Portland and Russell. Neighborhood canvasses will also take place in the Second Division which includes the Chickasaw, Park DuValle and Shawnee neighborhoods. The Second Division is also home to Alcoa's Foil Packaging and Louisville Laminating Plants.
"We know when our residents and our police officers work together it deters and prevents more crime," said Abramson. "With this new grant, we will be able to reach out to more residents and encourage them to join us in our efforts to make their neighborhoods safer."
In September, officers will meet with existing Neighborhood Watch leaders and members in the First and Second Divisions to discuss recruiting residents to join the program. District resource officers will also conduct security surveys of homes in target neighborhoods. Officers will determine if there are conditions at the home that could make a resident more likely to be a victim of crime. The West Louisville Crime Prevention Project will then help residents receive and install window, deadbolt and pin locks. Residents may also need doorbells and dawn-to-dusk light features that deter crime. Officers will provide a free Club anti-theft device for vehicles and residents may have their vehicle identification numbers etched onto their car windows. Information about the 574-LMPD Crime Tip Hotline and Quick Tip Cards will be disseminated as well.
In October 2005, Abramson first moved the Neighborhood Watch program under the auspice of the police department. Since that time, the program has grown from 300 active Block Watches to nearly 450 individual groups.
"Block Watch members are fundamental to the work we do as police officers," said White. "They help to serve as the eyes and ears of what's going on in the community. More importantly, they've taken ownership of their neighborhoods by taking a stand against criminal activity."
As part of the Crime Prevention Project, residents will also be encouraged to register for CitizenObserver, an alert network that allows instantaneous and proactive communication between law enforcement and residents. Neighbors, community leaders and business owners will be able to receive text messages or emails about crimes in their area. This allows residents to instantly begin keeping an eye out for suspicious activity in their area.
Alcoa Louisville Plant Manager Scott Russ said, "Community matters to Alcoa. We believe our future is linked to the future of communities. Today's contribution shows the strength of Alcoa's commitment to the Metro Louisville area and its residents."
Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in improving the quality of life in more than 29 countries around the world where Alcoa operates. The Foundation's grants address global and local needs in Areas of Excellence that include Conservation and Sustainability, Global Education and Workplace Skills, Business and Community Partnerships and Safe and Healthy Children and Families. Alcoa Foundation manages Alcoa's ACTION and Bravo! programs which recognize the volunteer efforts of employees with grants to the organizations they serve. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, visit www.alcoa.com under Community.