Jake Laird Community Day is sponsored by Hamilton county residents Mike and Debbie Laird, whose son, Officer Timothy “Jake” Laird of the Indianapolis Police Department, gave his life in the line of duty on August 18, 2004. In his honor, the Westfield Police Department will pay tribute to Jake and promote the spirit of community by providing an evening of food and fun for the residents of Westfield.
After Jake’s death, the Lairds established the Jake Laird Memorial Fund which provides funds for local law enforcement agencies in need of new equipment, innovating new programs, and assists with officer hardships. The Laird Family is known as friends to numerous police agencies throughout Indiana sponsoring programs that strengthen community relations.
Jake Laird Community Day is typically paired with National Night Out on the first Tuesday of August every year.
National Night Out is designed to:
- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
- Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
- Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
For more information on Jake Laird Day, contact Bobbie Gorrell at firstname.lastname@example.org