LMPD, Man Up searching for 'Thunder Ambassadors'


by WHAS11.com


Posted on April 9, 2014 at 12:11 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Hundreds of thousands of people will ascend on the Waterfront this weekend for the opening ceremonies of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

Louisville Metro Police hopes a select few will stand out.

“We are asking the community to come out and partner with Louisville Metro Police Department,” Lt. LaVita Chavous said.

Lt. Chavous is calling on individuals to become Thunder Ambassadors – adults to walk the Waterfront and possibly help diffuse any situations.

“We are asking that you help us and assist of in indentifying those juveniles and then an officer will go to that group and ask them to quit or leave,” she said.

Frank Porter is volunteering to be an Ambassador this weekend.

“I think the main thing is showing the unity with the police department to show we can get together and not have any threats of violence,” he said.

Porter is on board but the group Man Up is looking for even more people to come forward.

“We are trying to get 40 ambassadors and we have about 10 to 15 so far. So our call is to get on board and let’s get that to 40,” Peter Hayes of Man Up said.

Those with the group say this is an opportunity the community shouldn’t pass on.

“Let the community take ownership and not only the event but a part of the solution,” Ray Barker said.

Volunteers are asked to participate from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. during the Thunder Over Louisville celebration.

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