KPD e-News Release: City of Kingsport to Unveil Plaque in Recognition of Safe Communities America Day

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

SUBJECT: City of Kingsport to Unveil Plaque in Recognition of Safe Communities America Day
DATE: October 3, 2016
On October 5, 2016, the first official Safe Communities America Day will be observed nationwide. The City of Kingsport will be conducting two events this week in recognition of Safe Communities America Day. Area media representatives and the citizens of Kingsport are invited to attend both of these presentations.

1) On Tuesday, October 4, at 7:00 PM, at City Hall, located at 225 West Center Street, the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen will be making a special proclamation in recognition of Safe Communities America Day at the beginning of their regularly scheduled board meeting.

2) On Wednesday, October 5, at 10:00 AM, at the front of the Kingsport Justice Center, located at 200 Shelby Street, the City of Kingsport will be officially unveiling a plaque in honor of their designation as a Safe Community by the National Safety Council.

The City of Kingsport and the surrounding Sullivan County is one of only 17 accredited Safe Communities in the United States with a shared mission of preventing injuries and saving lives. These communities examine data about the biggest threats facing residents and implement proven programs and strategies to drive down risk. The City of Kingsport/Sullivan County, TN has focused its attention on 1) Prescription Drug Abuse, 2) Senior Citizen Falls, and 3) Motor Vehicle Collisions as areas in significant need of improvement.

Being recognized as a Safe Community does not mean that a particular community does not experience any safety-related issues whatsoever. It simply means that when issues arise that threaten the public welfare, the community embraces these issues head-on, and utilizes community resources and partnerships to proactively address these issues for the betterment of the community.

On March 20, 2012 the City of Kingsport, Tennessee and the encompassing Sullivan County were officially recognized as a Safe Community by Safe Communities America, being the first community in the State of Tennessee to receive this honor. Safe Communities America is a rigorous accreditation program of the National Safety Council that supports and recognizes communities across the United States committed to decreasing injuries and deaths and improving overall safety at the local level.

The City of Kingsport would like to express sincere gratitude to the hard work and dedication of the Kingsport Area Safety Council and its numerous community partners who have helped to achieve and maintain this designation.

Find out more about Safe Communities and Safe Communities America Day by visiting:

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where it can make the most impact. For additional information about the National Safety Council, please visit:

The Kingsport Area Safety Council was formed in 1944 with a mission similar to the National Safety Council, but at the local level. KASC conducts monthly community safety awareness meetings, an annual safety seminar, and supports numerous safety oriented community projects throughout the year. For additional information about the Kingsport Area Safety Council, please visit:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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