Jake Laird Community Day is back this year and will be held on Tuesday, August 3rd at Quaker Park from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Jake Laird Community Day usually includes: free food and popcorn, live music by Dave Miller, and various activities including bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist, and a K9 demonstration. Officers will showcase the Department’s vehicles, equipment and programs. We will also be raffling off 10 bicycles and backpacks with school supplies this year!
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.
This year, we’ve once again paired Jake Laird Community Day with National Night Out, which occurs 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.
Please visit https://natw.org/ for more information about National Night Out.