The Hazelwood Police Department partners with the Neighborhood Watch Commission, Hazelwood Fire Department, and the Fire Districts representing Florissant Valley and Robertson on the last Tuesday in the month of September. Hazelwood has observed “Celebrate Safe Communities” for the past three years as a way to collaborate with residents, business owners, school administrators, and city officials in keeping neighborhoods safe from crime and fires. It also helps build pride among residents that Hazelwood is a great place to live, work, and play.
Celebrate Safe Communities began in 2008 as a Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded initiative of the National Crime Prevention Council in partnership with the National Sheriffs’ Association. Its purpose is to do crime prevention the right way — allowing local people to work with local law enforcement to address local crime safety issues. The event helps kick-off Crime Prevention Month in October. Although it’s similar to National Night Out, Hazelwood residents like observing this event because it occurs during the cooler part of the year when everyone is back into a normal routine after summer break.
In 2011, Celebrate Safe Communities is emphasizing these four themes for Crime Prevention Month: crime reporting; community engagement; school and campus safety; and drug abuse prevention. All resources will be targeted to help communities like Hazelwood address local crime trends and needs that were identified in a 2010 National Crime Prevention Council field evaluation.
“The vitality of Hazelwood is inherent upon our efforts to keep homes, neighborhoods, schools and businesses safe,” said Hazelwood Chief of Police Carl Wolf. “Our department’s success in keeping the criminal element out of the city is dependent on the year-round cooperation we get from residents who keep our police officers informed of any suspicious activities in their neighborhoods. One best way for residents to meet the police officers that patrol their area and to feel more comfortable communicating with them is to set up these ‘Celebrate Safe Communities’ block parties.”
Photos from Joe Bower’s Celebrate Safe Communities block party on Hazel Valley Drive.
Photos from Phyllis Duehren’s Celebrate Safe Communities block party on Guhman Court.
Photos from Doug Bogaski’s Celebrate Safe Communities block party on Bellflower.
Photos from Granada Condominium’s Celebrate Safe Communities block party on Santa Bella.
These photos are just samplings of the fun had by all at this year’s Celebrate Safe Communities block parties.