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Public Safety in the Park event aims to build community

Generally when police and fire personnel come into contact with residents, it’s under crummy circumstances. It’s good, though, to get to know police officers and firefighters under non-stressful circumstances.

That’s the premise of Public Safety in the Park, said Rosemount police officer Beth Richtsmeier. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. July 9 in Biscayne Park.

“It’s going to be a fun little event,” said Richtsmeier.

The informal gathering offers an opportunity for residents to ask questions, and to get to know Rosemount’s public safety officials.

In particular, Richtsmeier encourages new residents to come out and get to know the community a little better. To promote the event, the police department sent flyers to the new homes going up on the east side of town.

During the event, Richtsmeier will share information about the city’s Neighborhood Watch program. There are 20 Neighborhood Watch groups in Rosemount. Richtsmeier would like to increase that number, especially in the new neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Watch groups help prevent crime in their neighborhoods by being aware and reporting suspicious behavior.

In connection with that program, Richtsmeier will have information on Night to Unite and the opportunity for neighborhoods to sign up to host block parties Aug. 5.

Night to Unite encourages neighbors to get outdoors and interact with one another. Creating relationships with neighbors helps foster a sense of community and a responsibility to look out for each other, Richtsmeier said.

Members of the Rosemount Fire Department will be on hand to promote fire safety.

Lastly, representatives from OneRosemount will be on hand. OneRosemount is made up of leaders from area schools, churches, organizations and government. Richtsmeier said representatives will have information available on their individual organizations. The representatives will also answer questions about the work OneRosemount has done.

The event won’t be all business, though.

Kids will have the chance to get up close and personal with a police squad car, fire trucks and a SWAT vehicle. Additionally, the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department will put on games for children.

Richtsmeier hopes the event will offer a fun evening out for the community while also promoting public safety.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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