PRESS RELEASE: Farmington Police connecting with kids through book sharing

Little Library Dedications.jpg

 

Farmington, NM – This Friday the Farmington Police Department will be breaking ground on a new initiative aimed at connecting kids and police through book sharing. The initiative…Little Free Library book exchanges. The libraries will be placed at Jaycee Park and Mossman Gladden Park and will contain books for kids and adults. Installation begins tomorrow and dedications will take place next week.

The FPD District Coordinator Unit is spearheading the project. The idea came after DCU Officer Michele DeLese researched the topic and discovered the Little Free Library national non-profit organization. The organization’s Kids, Community & Cops program help law enforcement and civic groups create positive interactions with youth. The organization’s website explains,

Little Free Library book exchanges benefit community law enforcement efforts in four ways:

  1. Supporting literacy. Little Free Libraries improve book access and thus help improve low literacy rates. Recent research by the Department of Justice shows that low literacy is strongly connected to crime and delinquency; by providing book access, police officers help stop delinquency issues before they start.
  2. Forging new partnerships. A Little Free Library program can attract new partnerships with community groups and demonstrate a heightened commitment to neighborhoods served.
  3. Opening the door to additional services. Activities such as book drives, story times, and other events give reasons for officers to interact directly with kids and their parents. In addition to generally promoting public trust, these interactions have led adults to pursue other programs with their local police.
  4. Providing stories of community service. The colorful book exchanges and supportive interactions provide opportunities for positive publicity and make for great stories in the press, expanding the good feelings beyond the immediate neighborhood served.

The organization gave away 100 libraries through an application process; FPD applied and was awarded one. The second library was donated by a local community member.  The Farmington Police Department hopes to expand this initiative in other neighborhoods throughout the city.

For more information about the Little Free Library organization, visit littlefreelibrary.org

Dedications will take place for each of the little libraries as follows:

Jaycee Park 1009 Cooper St
Tuesday, June 19
6:00 p.m.

Mossman Gladden Park 2115 Camina Placer
Thursday, June 21
6:00 p.m.

*Thursday dedication will include a ribbon cutting by the Chamber of Commerce Redcoats

Chief of Police Steve Hebbe will be at both dedications to read a story to the kids.

The FPD mobile command unit and bomb robot will be at both events.

The is a FREE public event

*Media is welcome to attend.

Advertisements

Farmington Police Department conducts 2nd annual yard cleanup

FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (12)

Farmington Police Department employees spent this past Saturday cleaning the yards of community members in need. Among the employees were Code Compliance officers and their supervisor, the District Coordinator Unit sergeant and lieutenant, FPD’s fleet manager and a member of the Explorers group. A limited number of properties were chosen from submissions sent to FPD over the summer. This is the second year Code Compliance requested nominations for residents who didn’t have the means to remove debris and overgrown vegetation from their yards. This year, properties located on the 5000 block of Loma Alta Drive and the 1300 block of South Monterey Avenue received assistance.

FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (20) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (19) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (18) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (17) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (16) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (15) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (14) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (13) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (11) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (10) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (9) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (8) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (7) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (6) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (5) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (4) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (3) FPD Code Compliance Yard Cleanup 9-26-15 (2)

Farmington Police Department wants to meet you, citizens of Farmington!

DCU Group 1 6-13-15The Farmington Police Department is working to become better acquainted with the citizens of Farmington through neighborhood outreach. On Friday, September 4 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. the department’s District Coordinator Unit and Code Compliance will go door to door to meet community members. During this time, they will also distribute information packets in an effort to bring awareness to the department’s various programs and services. The packets will include details about FPD’s mobile app, virtual neighborhood watch (Nextdoor.com), volunteer opportunities and programs such as Women Against Crime, Citizens Police Academy and Explorers. This is a great opportunity for the citizens of Farmington to meet the officers, ask questions and learn about FPD’s proactive community policing efforts.

Reaching out to the community we serve to help make Farmington a great place to live, work and play!