Payson Plans Crime-Fighting Block Party

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The Elks Children’s Shopping Spree received a boost from a fun-filled afternoon and evening at the lodge. Music, food, games, raffles and more helped raise money not only for the event where members of the Elks take youngsters in the area on a Christmas shopping spree, but also assisted the Payson Community Kids program and the Payson Supply Line project. Chris Schwanbeck of the band Ninth Crisis was one of the performers presenting music at the Elks event. PCK provides after-school care and more for the area’s less fortunate and at risk youngsters, while the Supply Line project collects a wide variety of goods to send to members of the military in Iraq and Afghanistan – items not available to them through the military.

The Payson Police Department, along with the National Association of Town Watch, is gearing up for another National Night Out.

Last year Payson received a national award for its participation in the night.

On August 1, join police again for a daylong celebration at Green Valley Park. This year the police department is looking for sponsors to operate booths on that day. If you are a local business or service club and want to be a part of the day, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 209 for more information.

There will be entertainment for all ages all day long. Several local bands will play and there will be a Police K-9 demonstration. Kids can dress up as their favorite cop, firefighter or other superhero and enter the costume contest.

On Tuesday, August 4, neighborhood block parties will be held and the police department is looking for neighborhoods that want to be a part of the night out. The event is a time for neighbors to lock their doors, turn on their porch lights and party with their neighbors. Let the police department know where your block party is at and an officer from Payson Police will stop by and visit. For more info or to volunteer your time or money, call Kim at (982) 474-5242 ext. 209.

Payson’s National Night Out will be extra special this year. The Payson Police Department will be giving away the hit DVD “Kids & Strangers (and Acquaintances)” to parents and caregivers in attendance at the event, in Green Valley Park, on August 1, 2009.

By special arrangement with Video Match, Inc., the first 200 families that show up will receive the program free.

The “Kids & Strangers” DVD was produced with the assistance of the FBI, LAPD, Colorado. Bureau Investigation, National Missing Children’s Locate Center and other experts and funded by 21 law enforcement associations including National Tactical Officers Association and the Arizona-based International Association of Women Police.

This family-friendly DVD shows parents and children how to prevent child crimes such as: abduction, rape, molestation by strangers, acquaintances, Internet predators and registered sex offenders.

The “Kids & Strangers” DVD giveaway was made possible by Payson area sponsors, including: Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country; Desert Schools Federal Credit Union; Payson Lions Club; Risser-Thomas Eye Clinic; Kim Ross-Realty Executives Northern Arizona; Justice McNeeley Foundation; and the Payson Arizona Police Department.

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