ICVR Weed and Seed tackles crime in Celebrate Safe Community event | Community Spirit
ICVR Respect for Life, Pine Bluff Weed and Seed along with the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) take on homicides and drugs in Pine Bluff during the Tenth Annual Weed and Seed Bike Safety and Red Ribbon Week during the Celebrate Safe Communities (CSC) event. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 29 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Central Park 23rd at Hickory Street. The nationwide Celebrate Safe Communities event is a joint effort of the National Crime Prevention Council, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the U.S. Department of Justice.
October is Crime Prevention Month. For more than 27 years, NCPC has worked with local law enforcement and communities to address local crime prevention issues during Crime Prevention Month and for the last four years through the Celebrate Safe Communities initiative. NCPC surveyed local law enforcement and their community partners who participated in CSC last year about their crime prevention needs to develop this year’s CSC activities. As a result, each week in October, CSC will highlight one of four themes: home safety, crime reporting and community engagement, school safety and drug abuse prevention.
“NCPC already has over 300 CSC events scheduled for Crime Prevention Month and throughout the year,” says NCPC President and CEO, Ann M. Harkins. “It helps everyone realize the importance of community involvement and that when a community faces crime challenges and budget cuts, citizen involvement becomes even more important than ever. We are so glad that Pine Bluff, Arkansas is holding a CSC event this year.”
“As part of the Celebrate Safe Communities initiative, youth with the safest bike can win a fifty dollar savings bond. There will be free food, games and prizes for kids and cime, fire and drug prevention information will be available. Youth can also register to win free bicycles at the event. More importantly, the event will be an opportunity to get to know and recognize those law enforcement and other individuals who work tirelessly to fight crime and violence in Pine Bluff.” –Joyce C. Brown, Central Park Weed and Seed resident.
For additional information contact Rev. Jesse C. Turner, ICVR Weed and Seed Program Coordinator at 870-536-7274.