The Safe Streets Coalition and the Topeka City of Character honored a Topeka officer’s initiative to bring a community together with one wall and two murals.
Chief Ron Miller presented Lt. Joe Perry with the March 2014 Champion of Character Award at the Great Overland Station.
Perry spearheaded and developed the Topeka Mural Project, which uses public art to reduce crime and improve quality of life in Topeka neighborhoods.
Lt. Perry's parents were overjoyed with their sons dedications.
"oh pride! Were so proud of all of our sons, but Joe took the initiative at a very young age to care about people and reach out and do something special for society and mankind its self," Della and Jack Perry, parents.
The first two murals from the project were dedicated in the Oakland neighborhood. The next mural project is slated for Avondale east.