Project Cease-fire Unveils Grafitti Van
Sheriff Witt dedicates the Graffiti Van
On Tuesday, May 24th, 2005, members of Lexington's Project Cease-Fire unveiled The Graffiti Van,
Lexington's newest tool to combat graffiti
"Graffiti is an outward and visible sign to the community that we aren't winning the fight against crime
on our streets," said Ray Larson, Commonwealth Attorney. "This Graffiti Eradication Program sends a strong
message to these vandals, that graffiti or any other type of vandalism will not be tolerated and will be
prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
It is estimated that graffiti costs the country $12 billion a year to clean up," said Kathy Witt,
Fayette County Sheriff. "This and any other types of vandalism lowers property values and the general
quality of life in the affected part of the community, and ultimately raises taxes. Using inmate labor saves
tax dollars and provides a means for those who are incarcerated to make efficient use of their time while
paying their debt to the community."
Inmates help clean up after vandals
Project Cease-fire is a coalition of law enforcement and criminal justice agencies who meet regularly to
discuss gun-related crimes committed in Lexington: The U.S. Attorney's Office; the Commonwealth
Attorney's Office; the Fayette County Attorney's Office; the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff; the
Lexington Divison of Police; Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Department of Homeland
Security-Immigration Customs Enforcement.