For the third year in a row, deputies will join forces with residents across Collier County for a weeklong celebration in October to promote community safety.
Celebrating Safe Communities is designed to heighten crime prevention and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts; and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
Starting Monday, Oct. 12, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office will celebrate the fight against crime by hosting family friendly events and activities that bring neighborhoods, communities, businesses and law enforcement together.
Festivities will include cookouts, bounce houses, face painting, wall climbing, and refreshments. Informational kiosks and demonstrations by representatives from area emergency services and county government agencies will also be featured.
All of the events are free and open to the public.
Here’s a look at the CCSO Celebrating Safe Communities events to be held around Collier County:
Monday, Oct. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McLeod Park on Hibiscus Street West. This event will feature the CCSO D.A.R.E. car, rock-climbing wall, a bounce house and refreshments.
Deputies will be joined by representatives from the Ochopee Fire Department, U.S. National Park Service, Collier County Emergency Management, Collier County Emergency Medical Services, Florida Highway Patrol, Collier County Domestic Animal Services, Police Athletic League, Collier County Code Enforcement, Drug Free Collier, Copeland Baptist Church, Everglades Museum, and the Collier County Health Department.
Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at THELOCKUP Self Storage parking lot, 1025 Piper Blvd. Festivities will include a demonstrations by the CCSO K-9 Unit and motorcycle deputies. The North Naples Fire Department will also perform a demonstration. The CCSO Crime Prevention Unit will offer safety information. The CCSO D.A.R.E. car will be on display and the Mobile Crime Scene Lab will be open to tour.
There will also be a bounce house, rock-climbing wall, dunk tank, animals, and popcorn and food from area restaurants.
Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Eagle Lakes Community Park, 11565 U.S. 41 E. Deputies will be joined by representatives from Drug Free Collier, Florida Highway Patrol, Greater Naples Fire Department, Bikes For Tykes, and Collier County Emergency Management.
Kids can meet Smokey Bear and check out a swamp buggy. Attendees can view an alligator up close, courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway. Explore the Golden Gate Fire Department’s fire safety house and fire truck. Experience the outdoors with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s alligator and airboat display.
Representatives from Drug Free Collier, Collier County Code Enforcement, Youth Haven, Shelter For Abused Women & Children, and the Kowiachobee Animal Preserve will be at the event with informational booths.
The event will also feature food, a dunk tank, face painting, CCSO rock wall, and health screenings.
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Thursday, Oct. 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Florida Forest Service, 710 Randall Blvd. Kids can jump around in the bounce house, climb the CCSO rock wall, learn about fire safety and climb the fire watch tower. Representatives of the Naples Pathways Coalition will provide bicycle tune-ups and bike safety education.
Participants can also meet with members of the Golden Gate Civic Association and the North Collier Fire Department, while enjoying food and refreshments.
Friday, Oct. 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 5078 Pope John Paul II Blvd., Ave Maria. Meet McGruff the Crime Dog and members of CCSO, along with representatives from Collier County Code Enforcement, Collier County Utilities, Immokalee Fire Department, and Collier County Health Department.
Deputies will host a bicycle safety course and hand out bike helmets and offer bike and pedestrian safety helmet. Bike helmets will be handed out to children in need. Food and refreshments will be provided.