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Get to know your Public Safety neighbors

Monday, July 28th, 2014 | Posted by


Photo courtesy of the City of Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety

Photo courtesy of the City of Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety

National Night Out in Rohnert Park, hosted by the City of Rohnert Park and Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5 at the City Center Plaza. The goal of the program is getting to know your neighbors, which includes city employees and local services.

“It provides the opportunity for interaction between not only city employees and other services, it is a great way to connect to our community at large,” said Raquel Kilmartin of the Department of Public Safety.

Last year the event had a street-fair vibe with kids and parents having fun learning about various aspects of the Public Safety Department and earning badges for participation. Public servants were quick to join in the fun such as when Vice Mayor Amy O. Ahantu took part in the dunk tank.

Each booth or station that will be set up will have something for kids, families and participants to learn about their city, community or safety procedures, whether it is an interactive display or simply a speaking presentation. Last year one of the highlights for many kids was when they were able to don small fire uniforms and spray a simulated burning house.

As part of the event there will be lots of fun activities for families that include:

  • Rohnert Park Public Safety K-9 “Enzo” and his handler Matt Snodgrass,
  • Rohnert Park Public Safety Traffic Motorcycle Unit
  • Bicycle rodeo sponsored by Rohnert Park Public Safety (free bike helmet to the first 50 kids)
  • Rohnert Park Public Safety Fire Engines
  • Rohnert Park Public Safety Explorers Jump House
  • Rohnert Park Animal Shelter
  • Rohnert Park Public Works
  • Rohnert Park Community Services
  • Fingerprinting ID kits for kids
  • Sonoma County Search and Rescue Bloodhounds “Daisy” and “Player”
  • CPR by AMR (ambulance provider)
  • Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Service in Sonoma County
  • Sonoma County YMCA
  • SMART Train (Railroad crossing safety)
  • Fire Prevention – Smoke House demonstration
  • McGruff the Crime Dog
  • Target
  • Food  – Russotti’s Jumbo Hot Dogs, Sol Azteca, Top That Frozen Yogurt and bake sale

National Night Out is a way for communities to stand up to crime by creating community awareness. It is held the first Tuesday in August each year. The program was started in 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.




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