Crime Prevention College: Educate yourself on keeping safe

Crime Prevention College: Educate yourself on keeping safe
Lt. Andrea Brown (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Lt. Andrea Brown (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - You try to be cautious, to arm yourself with enough information to keep you and your family protected from criminals who would try to take advantage of you. How do you know that what you know is up-to-date?

This weekend, you have a unique chance to learn from the experts about everything from keeping your identity protected to watching out for distracted drivers.

At block watch parties and national night out, police tend to see the same people getting involved, trying to save our community from crime.

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"We wanted to get more involvement from those who are not able or who have not been involved in the neighborhood in the past," said Louisville Metro Police Department Lt. Andrea Brown, who works on community relations for the department.

To do that, school is back in session. On Saturday, Nov. 8, Brown and the rest of LMPD are opening up a crime prevention college.

"We thought, you know, what a great idea to educate people about how to prevent crime and bring community members together," said Brown.

It will be one day, three classes.

"We have topics ranging from domestic violence awareness to drug prevention to identity theft prevention," said Brown.

You can learn about preventing robberies or what to look for if someone is abusing drugs and it's all taught by the experts.

Brown said, "All the presenters are detectives or sergeants that deal in that particular field that they're going to be presenting on every single day."

Brown says just about anyone can benefit from their expertise.

"A very diverse group of people registering from business owners to community members to neighborhood watch leaders, just everybody," said Brown.

So if you have a concern for your neighborhood, or just your family, Brown encourages you to arm yourself with information.

"Anybody who is concerned about their neighborhood who wants to be safe we encourage them to apply, to register," she said.

The crime prevention college is Saturday morning, Nov. 8, at Jefferson Community and Technical College, located at 110 West Chestnut Street in downtown Louisville.

The classes are free, but you do have to register and pick the classes you want to take. You can do so by clicking here.

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