Local police seek support for Safety Town program
By Becky Brooks
The Bellevue Safety Town for tots may not be until August 2013, but the local Police Department is already teaming with the National Child Safety Council this year to raise funds for supplies.
Keith Jesse, an auxiliary officer and Safety Town coordinator, said letters will be going out next week to businesses and some residents to seek support for the National Child Safety Council and the local Safety Town.
Local sponsors will be listed in education workbooks from the safety council that local children will be using.
“The money is staying here,” he said about contributions.
Jesse, who took over coordinating Safety Town last summer, is expecting a huge enrollment this summer.
“We might have over 200 kids,” the auxiliary officer reported.
Besides using the NCSC’s Safety Pup program and materials, he will also be collecting donations for the bags that they give to the children in the program, he said.
Safety Town 2012 was a challenge as the program was held in the new Bellevue Elementary School just after it was completed before school opened.
“We were the first ones in it,” he added.
This year Safety Town with local police will be held 5:30 to 8 p.m. from Aug. 5 to 7 again at BES.