Safety Town classes completed


Urbana police host annual event

By Matt Lingrell - Chief - Urbana Police Division



Children navigate the scaled-down model of Safety Town during the recent classes held in Urbana.

Children navigate the scaled-down model of Safety Town during the recent classes held in Urbana.


Submitted photos

Safety Town class members had a close-up look at the Urbana Fire Division and its equipment.


Submitted photos

From June 17 through 28, Urbana police conducted two week-long Safety Town classes for area youngsters, who will be entering kindergarten next fall. From 8-11:30 a.m. each day, the 28 participants received safety instructions from Urbana Police Sgt. Jason Kizer and School Resource Officer AJ Ervin on various safety related topics.

The Urbana police division’s Safety Town program is a miniature town located inside Melvin Miller Park, which first began in 2012. It was the Eagle Scout project of Sam Molton. Buildings located throughout the “town” are painted with logos naming the companies or organizations whom have donated funds to the program. This was our seventh year that Urbana officers have had the opportunity each summer to present safety presentations on topics these youngsters may encounter in their lives. Several local agencies partner with us each year to provide daily presentations and activities covering safety. Those topics include:

· Fire Safety

· Good Drugs/Bad Drugs

· Gun Safety

· Pedestrian Safety

· Playground Safety

· School Bus Safety

· Seat Belt Safety

· Storm Safety

· Stranger Danger

· Swimming Pool Safety

This year we were assisted in our program by the Champaign County Jobs and Family Services, the Champaign County 911 Communications Center, the Urbana Fire Division, an Urbana City School’s bus transportation representative, the Urbana City Pool’s lifeguards, and, the Victims/Witness advocate of the Champaign County Municipal Court’s Prosecutor’s office, each of whom came and spent the day with the children and officers offering insight to their jobs and responsibilities.

Each week’s classes ended with a graduation ceremony with certificates, goodie bags, and cupcakes and refreshments being served to the participants and their guests. We are already looking forward to next year’s classes.

Children navigate the scaled-down model of Safety Town during the recent classes held in Urbana.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/07/web1_safetytown1.jpgChildren navigate the scaled-down model of Safety Town during the recent classes held in Urbana. Submitted photos

Safety Town class members had a close-up look at the Urbana Fire Division and its equipment.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/07/web1_safetytown2.jpgSafety Town class members had a close-up look at the Urbana Fire Division and its equipment. Submitted photos
Urbana police host annual event

By Matt Lingrell

Chief

Urbana Police Division

Information from Urbana Police Division.

Information from Urbana Police Division.