The City of Hazelwood is gearing up to host another “Celebrate Safe Communities” event on Thurs., Sept. 27, from 5 pm to 9 pm. The Hazelwood Police Department (HPD) will be partnering with the City’s Neighborhood Watch Commission, the Hazelwood Fire Department and the Fire Protection Districts of Florissant Valley and Robertson by making stops at each of the block parties city-wide.
Residents interested in hosting a block party should submit their R.S.V.P. to HPD’s administrative secretary Kristen Capps, by Wed., Sept. 26. She can be reached at (314) 513-5201. These gatherings are great opportunities for residents to get acquainted with the police officers and firefighter/paramedics who service their area. In addition, these block parties help strengthen the bond of friendships formed between neighbors, prompt discussions on neighborhood safety and how to be prepared for emergencies.
According to recent national surveys, the public continues to view crime as a serious problem. The fear of crime effects decisions residents make about where they go and what they do in the community. It also destroys the trust in neighbors, faith in elected officials; and ability to sustain a positive environment for families.
Prevention-focused community partnerships are the most effective way law enforcement can prevent crime and address the fear of crime. “Celebrate Safe Communities” is crime prevention done the right way — local residents working with law enforcement to address local issues. The vitality of the City of Hazelwood is inherent upon sustaining its safe homes, neighborhoods, schools and workplaces and keeping our citizens well-informed.
“Neighborhood Policing is a top priority in our department. We work very hard to establish good relations with residents, business owners and other stakeholders in our patrol sectors. We rely on their cooperation to report any criminal activity going on in their neighborhoods,” Hazelwood Chief of Police Gregg Hall said. “Having residents meet our police officers at these block parties is a good way of fostering the trust and cooperation we need to keep our community safe.”
For more information on “Celebrate Safe Communities,” contact Sgt. Ken Eckardt, HPD’s Neighborhood Action Team Supervisor at (314) 513-5208.