Tomorrow is Hudson's traditional commemoration of Flag Day. (Actual Flag Day is June 14.) On the eve of the gala event, Chief Ed Moore and Mayor Kamal Johnson have issued the following statements on Facebook.
As our City is about to once again enjoy our annual Flag Day tradition, our citizens should be assured that we have taken extraordinary precautions to ensure your safety. Through many years of practice and teamwork, working with all of our city departments, local, county and state law enforcement, EMS, and HFD we have established a long record of safe and effective management of our mass gatherings. Citizens should know that we have gathered many resources to increase our ability to address any contingency that may arise. With COVID restrictions lifting and a good weather forecast, we expect yet another successful Flag Day event in our city this year. Enjoy what our city has to offer, be safe, and proudly wave your flag!
We have had a recent uptick of violence and guns in our city. I want to assure our residents that we are taking the safety of our citizens very seriously. You will see a heightened presence of officers in high alert areas. Police will be [in] cars as well as on foot patrols—interacting with citizens to maintain safety.
I am currently creating partnerships with anti-violence and gun organizations to create lasting relationships to address some of the issues of trauma felt by a population in our city that feels like they have been left behind. As a city government we will be working hard to create better opportunities for our young people. Change is only going to happen in our city by working together. Safety for all is a priority and we need to take all necessary measures to keep our community safe.
--Mayor Kamal Johnson