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Kats Safety Bash To Promote Public Safety

Sept. 17, 2015
SHSU Media Contact: Tammy Parrett

kats safety bashThe Sam Houston State University Police Department will host the second annual “Kats Safety Bash” on Wednesday (Sept. 23) from 6-8 p.m. in the Bowers Stadium Parking Lot.

Participants will be able to visit with emergency personnel from the Huntsville Police Department, Walker County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Hunsville/Walker County Emergency Medical Services and the SHSU Police Department.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will provide an opportunity to drive a peddle cart or an electronic simulator while wearing fatal vision goggles, according to Butterworth.

This year’s event also will include an opportunity to examine a LifeFlight helicopter from Hermann Memorial Hospital, tactical vehicles and patrol vehicles. Other safety awareness tools include fire extinguisher demonstrations, traffic stop demonstrations, DWI Awareness, and seatbelt safety.

“We feel that our event will be a fun and informative way for members of the university and Huntsville communities to become better acquainted with each other and learn ways to be positive members of their local neighborhoods,” said UPD Officer Jeffrey Butterworth, UPD CORE program member. “We also want to make students, faculty and staff aware of the many resources available to help them have a safe and productive school year.”

Additional organizations that are either participating or supporting Kats Safety Bash include: Walker County Sheriff's Office Citizens On Patrol, Walker County Community Emergency Response Team, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Walker County SAAFE House, Dean of Students Office, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative, Health Center, Counseling Center, Student Activities, the College of Criminal Justice, and Recreational Sports.  Kroger, Subway, Potato Shack, and Arnaud’s Cajun Kitchen will also be handing out coupons or samples.

The event was inspired by National Night Out, which was established to provide an opportunity for neighborhood watches to meet their emergency personnel.

“Huntsville’s National Night Out is held on the first Tuesday in October at the Target parking lot,” said Butterworth. “We’ve helped out with this event in the past, but we noticed that there was a challenge getting students, faculty and staff involved, so we wanted to try to engage our university community in a similar type event.”

For more information, “like” the SHSU University Police Department’s Facebook page, visit, or contact Butterworth at


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