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Avon police reach out

Brian Kozak, Avon police chief

I was very pleased to see that a large majority of Avon voters believe the Avon Police Department is performing at a high level and near a level that they value, according to the recent community survey. I took the time to read the write-in responses on the survey and view the comments posted by the Vail Daily. I appreciate the feedback that was received.

The few comments that expressed a desire for the police department to become more community based caught my attention since the department has focused on this area considerably in the last two years. I would like to invite any citizen who would like to see the police more involved in the community to attend one of the three following events the police department has scheduled in August.

First, the town of Avon will be hosting a community picnic in Harry A. Nottingham Park on Aug. 1, beginning at noon. There will be plenty of free hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers, so bring your appetites. Officer Gray, the school resource officer, will be in the park to answer questions, and he will have a police car for the children to check out.

Next, the Avon Police Department is gearing up for parties will have live music, free food and plenty of free raffle gifts for those who get involved in crime prevention. One of the locations will even have a helicopter demonstration. The parties will be in the Wildridge, Eaglebend, and Aspens neighborhoods. Finally, the police department will be involved in a Wildridge community meeting on Aug. 14 at O’Neil Spur Park at 6:30 p.m.

Community problems are most successfully addressed by working in partnership with the community. Therefore, I encourage citizens to get involved by volunteering to assist with one of the many upcoming events or join the newly formed Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program. Additionally, citizens may request specialized patrol or services from our website at http://www.avonpolice.org.

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