Safety Town continues to be an important safety program and outreach for the Police Department, and soon it will be the time to start signing up.
Three summer sessions to start June 7, June 21 and July 6.
Both young participants, and teenage volunteer instructors are needed.
Safety Town is a general program designed for preschoolers and children who have just entered school. Safety Town is conducted over a two-month period and serves approximately 180. children. It operates under the Police Department and the City of Brookings.
Safety Town officers spend two hours a day with each class in the areas of traffic safety, stranger danger and fire safety. The program provides not only a good learning experience for children, but offers a positive relationship with law enforcement.
This year will include some changes due to COVID-19. Children and parents will be required to bring and wear masks while inside school facilities as well as practice social distancing. Individuals who are not feeling well or showing signs of illness should to stay home. Safety Town graduation which is usually held indoors will be held outside this year.
Three sessions planned for this year include:
• June 7 – June 18
• June 21 – July 2
• July 6 – July 16
Sessions are two weeks long, 10 a.m. to noon or 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday and cost $20. Children must be 4-6 years old and must have reached the age of 4 by December 31, 2020. Information at Safety Town is presented by local professionals from Brookings Police Department, Brookings Fire Department, Brookings Ambulance, and many more.
Registration will begin on Wednesday, April 20th. All registrations are handled online through the Parks & Recreation online registration: https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityofbrookings/.
This year, due to COVID-19 space is limited to 30 children per session. Registration will continue until all slots are filled. If all slots are filled, a child can be placed on a waiting list and no payment is required at that time. To do so, contact Chris Larson at the Brookings Police Department, 692-2113.
The Police Department is looking for teen instructor volunteers between the ages of 11-14 years old. Under the guidance of a police officer and teacher, a teen instructor will be responsible for teaching vital safety lessons to 4, 5, and 6-year-olds and help the children practice safety rules on the outdoor Safety Town course.
Volunteer registration begins April 20. Contact Chris Larson at the police department at 692-2113.