Newberry releases public-safety plank of re-election platform

Declaring that public safety is "the fundamental purpose of local government," Mayor Jim Newberry on Friday released Protecting Our Community, the second installment in his Moving Lexington Forward Plan.

The plan is part of Newberry's re-election campaign against Jim Gray, the vice mayor.

Newberry said he had worked hard to avoid police and firefighter layoffs in a national recession, and noted the "reverse 911" program unveiled this week that sends emergency alerts to specific geographic areas.

If re-elected, Newberry said his goals would be adding more police officers; adding a new EC unit to Fire and Emergency Services; helping neighborhoods with Neighborhood Emergency Response teams; getting more officers assigned to neighborhood policing units; and improvements in bicycle safety. The plan and other information is available at mayornewberry2010.com.

Newberry is releasing a new plank of his platform each week. Gray released a 36-page "Fresh Start" plan last month.

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