Lake George to Host Family Getaway for Law Enforcement Officers
By Mirror Staff
Monday, February 27, 2017
If you happen to be in Lake George Village on the weekend of May 19, you can expect to see hundreds more law enforcement officers than usual.
No, the Village will not be hosting a head of state or an international conference.
Rather, it will play host to the officers themselves –and their families – in what is expected to be the first annual Law Enforcement Officers Weekend.
Lake George Village Mayor Bob Blais is organizing the event with Austim Glickman, a New York City Police Department officer, the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce and leaders of local law enforcement agencies.
While there will be opportunities for the public to observe events as varied as a Memorial Service and teams pulling the Warren County Sheriff’s ten ton counter-insurgency vehicle, the Law Enforcement Officers Weekend is largely for policemen and their families, Glickman explained.
“The event is an opportunity for officers to meet, relax and offer mutual support,” said Glickman.
Referring to the fatal encounters between civilians and police officers over the past few years, Glickman said he hopes “the event will take attention away from the negative publicity that Law Enforcement has received recently.”
Glickman said there are few if any law enforcement-themed events that include educational seminars, a memorial service and recreational and competitive activities.
While the event could eventually attract thousands, Blais said he would judge the inaugural Law Enforcement Officers Weekend a success if only a few hundred attend.
“Many events, whether it be Americade, the Elvis Festival or the Adirondack Nationals car show, started with just an idea and grew larger over the years. I’ve been involved with all of them and never have I been as excited as I am about this first Law Enforcement Weekend,” said Blais.
Blais and Lake George Chamber official Amanda May Metzger said the event will contribute to Lake George’s efforts to broaden its tourist season beyond the eight weeks of summer.
“We feel this is the right time and the right place for this type of event,” said Blais.
Metzger said that more shops and restaurants are opening earlier in the season and remaining open longer than in the past, making Lake George a more attractive site for off-season events such as the Law Enforcement Weekend.
Hotels such as the Fort William Henry and the Courtyard Mariott have offered reduced rates to those attending the event “out of respect for the uniform,” said Blais.
Discounts have also been offered by Great Escape, the Lake George Steamboat Company, Wild West and the outlet stores, said Blais.
Active and retired law enforcement officers living in the area are invited to register for the event, said Glickman. Information is available at leoweekend.com.
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