Thursday January 21, 2010
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) joined the Shawnee Neighborhood Association and the Shawnee Weed and Seed program on Thursday night in announcing a new partnership with Louisville Metro Police. LMPD’s 2nd Division will soon be operating a substation in French Plaza.
“I am pleased the Second Division officers will have a more visible presence in the Shawnee Area,” said Hamilton
The new substation is an extension of the Division’ headquarters located at 3419 Bohne Avenue in the Park DuValle neighbohood. The new substation’s office space is being donated by the owners of French Plaza, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony French. It is located at 234 Amy Avenue in the office space utilized by the Shawnee Neighborhood Association.
“The Shawnee area is the most northwestern part of our division,” said Troy Pitcock, the Acting Major of the Second Division. “This location will allow our foot and bike patrol officers a way to check in with the division and at the same time spend more time out in the community.”
“You can never have enough police presence in a neighborhood,” said Rudy Davidson, President of the Shawnee Neighborhood Association. “We believe this will deter crime and the Association looks forward to our continued relationship with these officers.”
For two years, LMPD and the Weed & Seed Program as part of the Law Enforcement and Community Policing components have worked hard to reduce crime in the Shawnee area.
“Residents will now have a chance to get know officers on this beat,” said Hamilton. “If we are to fight crime in Shawnee we have to talk with the police. The officers will also get a better chance to know this area and the residents.”
Pitcock says the new substation will also lend itself to the KIDS ID and Property ID programs that are part of the LMPD Crime Prevention and Community Outreach Units which will be implemented soon.
“We will not only be sharing space with the Shawnee Neighborhood Association,” he said, “but able to keep the community updated on crime prevention tips and the type of crime trends we are seeing in the area.”
The Shawnee Weed and Seed program has been awarded more than $300,000 by the US Department of Justice to fight crime and engage the community revitalization and education efforts.
“This substation is just one of many programs we are involved with to improve this area,” said Hamilton. I invite the public, especially residents of Shawnee to join us in getting involved with Weed and Seed and their Shawnee Neighborhood Association.”
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