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Police to host community day

November 29, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

The Canfield Police Department will host its first Canfield Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at City Hall. The department said the event will feature something for every Canfield resident, regardless of age.

"This is our way of saying thanks for supporting us," said police Chief Chuck Colucci.

During the event, officers will be using a machine the department just purchased to make identification cards for all Canfield students in grade six and younger.

"The cards will be at no charge," Colucci said. "We will be taking their photos and issuing them the ID cards right there on the spot."

The machine was purchased using forfeited drug money. When officers make arrests, the drug money is often given to the department to use for equipment and items such as the identity kit and machine. It costs the taxpayers nothing, but gives the department new tools to protect the community and its children.

The event will also be attended by the school DARE officer and resource officer who will provide child safety strategies. Thor, Canfield's K-9 officer will also be available for children and adults to meet and learn more about him.

Canfield's detectives will be on hand to discuss Internet fraud strategies and identity theft and will offer tips on how to avoid scams. The information will be valuable for the holiday online shoppers.

The event will also have something for seniors as officers with the CPD Senior Watch Program will be available to discuss the program and even sign up seniors living in the city.

"The senior watch program is for seniors who don't have close family support," said Canfield Assistant Chief Scott Weamer.

He said under the program, seniors are placed on the Watch List. Officers make it a point to contact the senior once a week either by calling them, or by a physical visit. Through constant contact, officers can serve as a liaison for other agencies in the county as needed.

"Whatever issues the senior is having, we can put them in touch with the right agency to help," Weamer said. "Currently we have a good senior citizens list, but we'd like to grow that."



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