(Dublin, OH) – A new Dublin program that has residents working alongside Dublin Police to help reduce crime and improve safety is being launched at the Dublin Irish Festival this weekend.
Dublin will have up to 10 citizens serving as Community Service Officers (CSO) at various shifts during the festival this weekend. Their presence will give Dublin police extra eyes and ears at a festival that attracts about 100,000 people a year.
CSOs will be stationed at the festival entrances to help administer the Indent-A-Kid program, which provides children with wristbands that have their parents’ identifying information in case the child becomes separated from his/her parent. The community officers will also be used to roam the crowds identifying possible underage drinkers. The festival marks the start of the CSO program.
To be eligible for the program, Community Service Officers had to complete the Citizen’s Police Academy, express interest and go through an extensive background check.
“This program brings value to the Division of Police and the community,” said Chief of Police Heinz von Eckartsberg. “When police and residents can work together as partners focused on safety and crime prevention we strengthen our presence and expand our reach within our neighborhoods.”
The volunteers have to serve at least eight hours a month, but CSO Joe Sanderlin said he is happy to help.
“It was amazing to see what they do each and every day and be associated with them,” Sanderlin said of Dublin Police. “If I can help, maybe officers can arrive to a scene a split second earlier and maybe that split second can make a difference. “
CSOs can also provide other city services such as responding to people locked out of the vehicle, vacation house checks, parking citations and educating the community on crime prevention.
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