LOMBARD, Illinois--The Lombard Police Department recently received a $500 grant from Target which enabled the department to purchase safety materials to share with the public at events, tours, presentations or with visitors at the station. The grant was made as part of the Target Blue Public Safety Grant Program.
The Target Blue Public Safety Grant Program provides funding to law enforcement and emergency management organizations to build safe and resilient communities. Target works with partners to build strong, safe and healthy communities. As part of this driving principle, Target has developed innovative programs to help support the safety and preparedness of the communities where Target guests and team members live and work.
The Lombard Police Department has collaborated on several public safety initiatives and programs over the past few years with Target. Those include National Night Out, Shop With A Cop, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Memorial Day Ceremonies and police training.
The Lombard Police Department actively promotes crime prevention, training and education, youth programs and community preparedness with programs like the Citizen's Police Academy, Rail Road Safety, Drug Abuse Education, Emergency Preparedness, National Night Out, Shop With A Cop, bicycle safety, Neighborhood Watch and much more.
"In addition, seat belt enforcement and education, stranger danger, McGruff (the Crime Fighting Dog) senior citizen programs, child seat safety inspections, student internships and facility tours for organized groups are some of our programming," according to Lombard Police Lieutenant Scott Watkins. "The department routinely develops and prepares public presentations and gives demonstrations to any number of groups and organizations based on their request for programs or services," he added.
The Lombard Police Department has active crime prevention and reduction programs as well as providing public safety programming and materials to the public. The Police Department partners with individuals and groups to provide relevant information to the community.
These community relations and programming efforts take place in the schools, neighborhoods, multi-family complexes, senior residential facilities, parks and in conjunction with park district programming, churches, as well as in the business and hotel communities.
"Our goal is to increase citizen police contacts and interactions using a positive holistic approach in which the police are seen as partners in the community," said Watkins.