It is no secret that our community’s first responders hold a special place in my heart. I have the true honor of personally knowing the brave men and women who serve Claremore, on and off the clock.
Each year, the Claremore Police Department hosts a unique event to bring law enforcement and neighbors together under positive circumstances. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our communities safer and more caring places to live. The event is celebrated nationwide, with more than 16,000 cities participating.
Claremore first participated in National Night Out in 2011, and it has since become a community tradition marking the beginning of the school year. As we prepare for the start of a new academic term, a top priority for our city leaders and law enforcement agencies is the safety of our students and faculty. Claremore’s police and fire departments are currently undergoing training exercises related to active shooter scenarios. These valuable practices will better prepare our community to take immediate action during an emergency situation.
In addition, Claremore’s public school campuses will continue to be served by our School Resource Officers (SROs). These members of the Claremore Police Department are dedicated to providing additional security during the school year. They partner closely with school administrators, staff, students and parents to handle a variety of issues as well as provide education on crime prevention.
Please save the date and join us on Tuesday, August 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Claremore Lake for this year’s National Night Out celebration.
Local organizations will be giving away free school supplies and family resource information. There will also be several activities, live music, free pizza, drinks, and sno-cones. However, the event’s highlight will be the opportunity to meet your local police officers, ask questions and build personal relationships with those who have dedicated themselves to promoting safety and security within our community.
I want to thank those event sponsors who have joined the City in making this event possible, the CPD Chaplains, the Citizens Police Academy, Healthy Community Partnership, Volunteers for Youth’s PAL+ Program and the TSET Healthy Living Program of Rogers County. I would also like to recognize Chief Steve Cox and the members of our police department who are working hard to ensure a memorable evening for all.
All my best,
Assistant City Manager