Contributed Article Courtesy Safford Police Chief Joe Brugman
The safety and overall well being of the community is a top priority for the Safford Police Department (SPD). As police officers, we are always working to develop our community policing practices; daily we recognize the need for critical services to many people in our community. In response to this need, the SPD developed the annual Community Organized Resource Event (CORE) as an aid to bridge the gap from those needing the services to those providing the services.
The initial CORE was held last year with 30 organizations participating and a large community attendance. Organizations participating in the event ranged in services for the elderly to children and infants. Examples of the participation organizations include, Southeastern Arizona Community Unique Services, Graham County Substance Abuse Coalition, Catholic Community Services, Child and Family Resources, Cenpatico, Chicanos Por La Causa, Southeastern Arizona Community Action Program and more. Having all these resources in a single location is beneficial as many of the services provided can link to one another between organizations.
Building on the positive community response and the success of last year’s event, the Second annual Community Organized Resource Event is scheduled for Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Firth Park. With games for the children, free prizes and hot dogs, the SPD encourages the community to come and enjoy the family-fun event.