PAR Kickball Game Photo Gallery
The Firestone Police Department is kicking off its Police Area Representative (PAR) Program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 24, 2013, with a kickball game for middle school students from sixth to the eighth grade. The game will take place at the Firestone Regional Sports Complex, 6805 Tilbury Ave., Firestone.
The PAR Program is part of the department’s community policing and community relations programs that work with residents and youth to take an active and proactive approach to combating crime within the Firestone community. The program provides opportunities for people to be active in the community through a variety of opportunities, including youth involvement, the Neighborhood Watch Program, Crime Prevention, Citizen Police Academy and Community Relations events, including the Firestone Public Officials Meet & Greet, Halloween Safe Night and Santa Cops.
In terms of youth involvement, Officer Luke Dunker - one of three officers assigned to the program - said the PAR Program will provide summer sports camps and other outdoor activities that give youth in the Firestone community a chance to get to know the police department and its officers better. Along with Dunker, Sergeant Neal Lucero and Officer Bill DeWitt will be leading the program.
“The PAR Program provides a great opportunity for our local youth to get involved in their community and gives them something to do,” Dunker said. “This involvement creates a positive approach to police officers and a sense of community involvement among our youth.”
Lucero said the program is focused on providing awareness of safety in the community, encouraging participation and seeking volunteers.
“The PAR Program will really allow participants the opportunity to get educated about the police officers serving our community, as well as promote team building and leadership,” Lucero said.
For more information about the PAR Program and how to sign up, visit its webpage .