Mother Nature cooperated this year with nice fall weather as everyone gathered to swap summer vacation stories, talk about the STL Cardinals’ play-off chances, and discuss ways to reduce crime in their neighborhoods.
A total of 14 block parties were held throughout the city in different wards. Most of them were well attended and had plenty of food. It’s evident that some of the best barbecue chefs live in our community. Hazelwood police officers and local firefighter/paramedics made their rounds to each of the parties introducing themselves and leading discussions on how to prevent crime and prepare for a fire emergency.
For the past five years, Hazelwood Police Department has partnered with the Neighborhood Watch Commission, Hazelwood Fire Department, and the Fire Protection Districts of Florissant Valley and Robertson for this crime prevention observance. In fact, the City of Hazelwood joins hundreds of other cities nationwide in hosting this event, which is held annually on the last Tuesday in the month of September.
Many residents prefer this later date in comparison to the National Night Out event in early August for the following reasons:
- The weather is usually cooler in September then it is in August for outdoor activities;
- More families go on vacation during that time which has a negative affect on the turnout;
- Children are back in school, allowing families to settle into a normal routine and pay more attention to crime prevention messages;
- It’s often used as a precursor to both Crime Prevention Month and Fire Prevention Month in October.
The national sponsors of “Celebrate Safe Communities” are the National Crime Prevention Council and the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice. In partnership with the National Sheriffs’ Association, this event was launched in 2008 to promote crime prevention in local communities across the country.
“Celebrate Safe Communities” is crime prevention done the right way — local people working with local law enforcement to address local issues. This year’s themes focused on protecting personal property and ways to avoid becoming a victim of Identity Theft. We encourage you to join our local movement to help create a community where everyone works together for public safety.
Here are some photos taken of this year’s “Celebrate Safe Communities” event.