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Akron, Ohio

Akron Police and FBI Citizens Academy to Dedicate Two Little Free Libraries in City Spaces

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City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt
Published: 03-09-2017

Akron, Ohio, March 9, 2017 – Tomorrow, special agents from the Cleveland FBI Citizens Academy will join with the Akron Police Department (APD) to dedicate two Little Free Libraries in City law enforcement offices that children often visit. The goal of the Little Free Libraries, administered through the Kids, Community, and Cops program, is to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the community. One library will be stationed in the Akron City Prosecutor’s Office and the other will be placed in Akron Police Department Juvenile Detective Bureau.

"The books are intended to be a source of comfort and inspiration for kids during what may otherwise be a difficult experience. We want to encourage healthy relationships between our youth and our law enforcement officers and prosecutors by building trust and creating positive experiences." Mayor Horrigan said. "I thank the FBI Citizens Academy for this generous donation. We will work with our schools and non-profits to solicit ongoing book donations to ensure that our two Little Free Libraries are kept stocked for years to come."

Akron chose to dedicate its Little Free Libraries in honor of fallen APD Officer George R. Knaff. On November 5, 1994, Officer Knaff was killed in a traffic collision with a drunk driver while responding to an emergency call for assistance.

WHAT:     Dedication of the George R. Knaff Memorial Free Little Library. Officers will read to students from the Edge Academy.

WHEN:    Friday, March 10th at 1:00 PM

WHERE:  City of Akron Prosecutor’s Office

                Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center

                217 S. High St - Room 203

                Akron, OH 44308

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For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 South High Street, Suite 200
Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: (330) 375-2325
E-mail: ELander@akronohio.gov

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