The Byrnes Mill Police Department fills a vital role in our community. Their main function is to solve crime and stop criminals, but that’s only part of their work. The other half, which is much bigger, is to work on crime prevention, and that’s really where communities and the police meet. No matter where you live, good relations between the community and the police are vital, and community groups and neighborhoods help ensure that happens.
To that end, the Byrnes Mill Police Department is holding a Series of Crime Prevention and Awareness Classes. The last class was held on January 7, 2014 at the Byrnes Mill Farms Trailer Park. Approximately 52 residents attended the class. Byrnes Mill police officers provided tips and information to help the police department and each other to prevent crime in there subdivision. The event was a success and residents were very pleased that the police department was willing to be part of their community.
“Establishing good relations is vital to any good community policing efforts,” said Chief Mike Smith. “Hosting Crime Prevention and Awareness Classes is a good place for residents and police to meet. It can help foster better relations between the police and community by establishing at least the beginning of a trust.”
The police can also help volunteers establish a Neighborhood Watch, which can make residents feel safer and more secure. It’s a system the police encourage, because it means neighbors looking out for each other.
“Working with the police can mean a safer community,” said Mayor Susan Gibson. “Residents know and can identify trouble areas and troublemakers, and information can be passed on to the police department, who can then keep an eye out or take action.”
The Byrnes Mill Police Department extends an open ivitation to the residents of Olde Mill Estates and any other interested City residents to participate in the next Crime Prevention and Awareness Class to be held on February 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at the Byrnes Mill City Hall located at 127 Osage Executive Circle, Byrnes Mill, MO 63051.