This Saturday, the City of Long Beach will be hosting a Public Safety Fair and Safe Passage Workshop to share ideas and “engage in new ways to achieve street safety” at Admiral Kidd Park, the city announced today.
The event seeks to help the city create a healthier, safer community along the Santa Fe Avenue corridor, the city stated in a release. The fair will be held from 9:00AM to noon and the Safe Passage workshop will be held from 10:00AM to noon.
“Keeping Long Beach safe and secure is my highest priority as Mayor,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This fun and informational event builds on the City’s commitment to maintaining a network of strong, sustainable neighborhoods, and will bring families, local partners, and stakeholders together to keep our community safe.”
One of the sponsors for the plan is Safe Long Beach. Safe Long Beach is a product of the Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan, which was approved by city council in May of 2014 and addresses a broad safety agenda aimed at reducing all forms of violence, including domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, hate crimes, bullying, gang violence, and violent crime.
The city’s designation to the forum last fall allowed the city to apply for federal grant awards to implement its Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan. Long Beach established Safe Long Beach and its anti-truancy programs to be in line with My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), President Obama’s 2014 initiative that encourages communities to implement a “cradle to college-and-career strategy.” Long Beach’s Safe Long Beach program was a direct response to the President’s MBK Community Challenge.
The fair will feature more than 20 public safety information booths, first aid kits, CPR demonstrations, free child ID bracelets and more. The workshop is centered around a presentation by community partners from the San Francisco Safe Passage Program, which has diverted families and children from dangerous situations in the Tenderloin neighborhood by soliciting public participation to deter criminal activity. The presentation will also focus on ensuring all children are able to walk to and from school safely.
“As we continually reinforce at community meetings throughout the year, the safety of our neighborhoods is a collaborative effort between law enforcement and residents,” said Councilmember Roberto Uranga in a statement. “Saturday’s resource fair and workshop will provide an opportunity for a community dialogue that will continue to foster a culture of safety along the Santa Fe corridor.”
This event is sponsored by Safe Long Beach; the Long Beach Neighborhood Services Bureau’s Neighborhood Leadership Program; Tesoro; the Long Beach Police Department and the American Red Cross.
For additional information about the Public Safety Fair, call 562.787.1118. For more information about the Safe Passage workshop, call 562.570.7177.