LIBERTY — Lights On! – a community-driven program with the mission to heal relationships between communities and law enforcement agencies – recently announced its expansion to …
LIBERTY — Lights On! – a community-driven program with the mission to heal relationships between communities and law enforcement agencies – recently announced its expansion to Liberty in partnership with the Village of Liberty Police Department.
This is the first expansion into Sullivan County.
Under the program, Liberty Police officers on traffic stops can provide a voucher for a free repair on mechanical problems with the vehicle rather than citing the driver.
Some common mechanical violations include burned-out light bulbs, broken turn signals, etc.
The Liberty Police Department is pleased to partner for this program with the Liberty Collision Center, Liberty Service Center, Thalmann’s Service Center and Immaculate Concepts Auto Sound and Speed
Sullivan Allies Leading Together (SALT) is partnering with Liberty Police and Lights On! to provide funding to make this program possible for the Liberty community. Lights On! is 100% community funded and completely free to police departments and voucher recipients.
“The Lights On! program is a way to build relationships between police departments and the communities they serve,” said Sherman Patterson, Vice President of Lights On!. “Instead of punishing drivers for broken lights, we can fix the mechanical issue and mitigate what often becomes a downward spiral for community members in need. We are giving officers a new tool on their duty belt that creates a positive interaction, especially needed in these tense times,” said Patterson.
“The Village of Liberty Police Department is proud and excited to be partnering with Lights On!, S.A.L.T and our local auto repair shops on such a positive program,” said Steven D’Agata, Chief of the Village of Liberty Police Department. “This initiative will truly be a win-win for the entire community. Our officers now have yet another way to make a positive connection with a member of the community, while at the same time helping to improve the safety of the roads that we all travel on. Individuals with equipment defects on their vehicles who are experiencing an economic hardship will no longer have to make a difficult decision to buy groceries or fix a headlight. I am looking forward to the positive results I am confident this program will bring to our community”
The Lights On! initiative will launch in the Village of Liberty initially.
The Liberty Police Department hopes other police agencies and municipalities in Sullivan County will see the benefit of this program and implement it in their own jurisdictions.
The program is completely free to voucher recipients and is supported by community in-kind and financial donations. To learn more or donate, visit LightsOnUS.Org.
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