The City of Hazelwood’s Neighborhood Watch Commission has chosen Thursday, Sept. 21st, as the date for this year’s “Celebrate Safe Communities,” according to Hazelwood Police Chief Gregg Hall. It will be partnering with the Hazelwood Police Department, Hazelwood Fire Department, and the Fire Protection Districts of Florissant Valley and Robertson to host this public safety event at neighborhood block parties throughout the city.
Residents interested in organizing a block party should submit their R.S.V.P.s to HPD’s administrative secretary, Kristen Capps, by Friday, Sept. 15. She can be reached at (314) 513-5201. These gatherings are great opportunities for residents to work together in preparing for the events, and get acquainted with the police officers and firefighter/paramedics who service their area. In addition, these block parties help prompt discussions on how to reduce crime, keep their neighborhoods safe, and respond to emergency situations.
“Celebrate Safe Communities” is sponsored by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). In 2008, NCPC partnered with the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) to create this public safety observance as a way to promote crime prevention in local communities across the country.
“Neighborhood policing is a top priority in our department. We work very hard to establish good repoire with residents, business owners and other stakeholders in our patrol sectors. We rely on their cooperation to keep track of any criminal activity going on in their neighborhoods,” Hazelwood Police Chief Gregg Hall said. “Having residents meet with our police officers at these block parties is a good way of fostering the trust and cooperation we need to keep our streets safe.”
For more information of “Celebrate Safe Communities,” contact Sgt. Ken Eckardt, HPD’s Neighborhood Action Team Supervisor, at (314) 513-5208.