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McGruff the Crime Dog, with Mary Lou Leary, OJP’s Acting Assistant Attorney General, are pictured with representatives from the National Crime Prevention Council, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia government, and the National Sheriffs’ Association to Celebrate Safe Communities.Celebrate Safe Communities

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at the Chinatown Metro Station in Washington, D.C., Mary Lou Leary, OJP’s Acting Assistant Attorney General, joined representatives from the National Crime Prevention Council, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia government, and the National Sheriffs’ Association to Celebrate Safe Communities. The early morning event commemorated October as Crime Prevention Month.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority hosted the event, which included hand-outs to Metro riders, remarks from local officials, and an appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog. Speakers highlighted the importance of collaboration among community leaders to effectively prevent and fight crime.

“Experience has taught us that the broader the community partnership, and the more inclusive it is, the better able that community is to tackle its crime problem,” Mary Lou Leary said to the Metro riders, commuters, and others gathered for the event.

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