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Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Public-Safety Officials will Launch Be Safe This Summer

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WHAT/WHO: Mayor Vincent C. Gray will be joined by Cathy L. Lanier, Police Chief, Metropolitan Police Department; Kenneth B. Ellerbe, Chief, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services; Millicent W. West, Director, D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency; Teddy Kavaleri, Interim Director, Office of Unified Communications; Thomas P. Hoey, Interim Director, Department of Corrections; Marie Y. Pierre-Louis, Chief, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner; Melissa Hook, Director, Office of Victim Services; Neil A. Stanley, Acting Director, Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services; and Errol R. Schwartz, Major General, D.C. National Guard. He will outline a number of initiatives offered by District agencies and community partners to enhance community safety this summer, including youth programs, disaster-preparedness tips and other resources.


WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 10 a.m.

Barry Farms Recreation Center

1230 Sumner Road SE

Washington, DC 20020


BACKGROUND: Summer vacation has begun for thousands of D.C. youth, and Mayor Vincent C. Gray has launched one of the most comprehensive summer programs ever assembled in the District of Columbia to provide activities for them. The “One City Summer Fun … Something for Everyone” program, Mayor Gray’s integrated approach to a safe and creative summer season, provides something of interest for everyone in every ward across the city. The program is an important initiative of his “safe communities” agenda.


One component of the initiative, “Be Safe This Summer,” allows the community to participate in numerous summer programs geared toward public safety being offered by District agencies and community partners. These include crime prevention tips, fireworks safety and home emergency preparedness strategies. Public-safety agencies will also display equipment and offer demonstrations at the event.


“One City Summer Fun … Something for Everyone” is a wide-ranging and expanded citywide partnership among District government agencies, community and faith-based organizations and private-sector groups.