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Louisville Metro Police Foundation

Wednesday February 8, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Alicia Smiley - LMPD
(502) 574-7761

Dwight Mitchell - LMPD
(502) 574-7665

MAYOR ABRAMSON, CHIEF WHITE AND TEXAS ROADHOUSE CEO GJ HART ANNOUNCE LOUISVILLE METRO POLICE FOUNDATION

Local businesses are coming together to raise funds for Louisville Metro Police Department initiatives

Mayor Jerry E. Abramson, Chief Robert C. White and Texas Roadhouse CEO G.J. Hart today announced the formation of the Louisville Metro Police Foundation. The non-profit organization was created to serve as an independent entity that will provide additional funding for the Louisville Metro Police Department.

The foundation will solicit gifts and contributions on a local, state and national level. The proceeds will be used for expenditures or purchases that fall outside the realm of the $125 million allocated in the city budget. The foundation gifts will cover promotional and marketing costs for recruitment and crime-fighting initiatives like 574-LMPD. This additional funding will also provide guest speakers and leadership training for the department.

"Our officers have worked hard to build bridges throughout this community," said Abramson. "I'm pleased that private citizens, civic leaders and corporate executives are recognizing the progress made by our department in community policing and are stepping forward to cover extra expenses that may not be as crucial as adding officers to the streets or investing in state-of-the-art communications tools, but are an important part of keeping people safe."

The Board of Directors will include business professionals, clergy and other civic leaders. Each will serve a staggered three year term. All have expressed a desire and commitment to further police-community partnerships through their active and voluntary participation on the board. Financial compensation or gain will not be provided to any of the board directors.

The first item of business for the foundation will be the promotion of the Louisville Metro Police Department's "200 Year Celebration", a monthly commemoration of Louisville's law enforcement history. Each month will feature a special program designed to educate the public about the department's past, present and future. Activities will include a commemoration of Black History Month, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, a Criterion Bicycle Race and a Health and Safety Fair.

"The foundation is a significant resource not just for the department, but all Louisville residents," said Chief White. "We've been given a tremendous opportunity to increase our interaction with the community and at the same time increase the effectiveness and professionalism of our department."

The Louisville Metro Police Foundation is the first of its kind in Kentucky. The idea for the foundation was first brought to the department by Hart, a former board director with the New Orleans Police Foundation.

"A stronger police department makes for a stronger community and that's what any business wants," said Hart. "As the son of a police officer, I realize it's important for those of us in the private sector to reach out and make a positive change in the community where we live and work."

Hart will serve as the president of the board, which currently includes eight other directors.

Lamont Breland - President, The Breland Group
    
Junior Bridgeman - CEO, Bridgeman Foods

Dennis Heishman - President and CEO, Old National Bank, Kentucky/Indiana Region

Joe Kelley - CEO, Kelley Construction

Kent Oyler - CEO, OPM Services, Inc.

Pastor Bob Russell - Senior Pastor, Southeast Christian Church

Steve Sexton - President, Churchill Downs

Matt Thornton - CEO, Thornton Oil

Persons interested in receiving additional information about the Louisville Metro Police Foundation may call 574-LMPD.