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Lexington To Become "Safe Community"

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The City of Lexington is set to be accredited as a Safe Community by the National Safety Council. 

The program recognizes cities that have made a commitment to becoming a safe place to live, work, and visit.  It also provides a national model for reducing sources of unintentional injury.  Chairman Herb Miller of Commerce Lexington, who announced the partnership Monday at the University of Kentucky, said it will help pool local expertise.   

“The best part about this program is it allows all of the people who look at safety issues, whether it’s enforcement, such as police, or prevention and enforcement, such as fire, or purely prevention like the Board of Health or the UK College of Public Health, to have all of us in one room, looking at all the same data and coming up with strategies to make our community safer,” he said.

In addition to Miller, the announcement featured remarks from Lexington  Mayor Jim Gray, Fayette County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Rice Leach, UK Assistance Vice President Anthany Beatty, and National Safety Council President Deborah Hersman.  Once accredited, Lexington will join 19 Safe Communities nationwide.

More information on Safe Communities can be found at the NSC website.