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IU Kokomo event highlights public safety

September 10, 2012

KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo is offering area school children and the community at large a close-up look at law enforcement at its annual Public Safety Day. The event will take place this Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the parking lot next to the basketball court on Rebecca Lane.

Everyone is invited to visit with representatives of more than a dozen public safety agencies, including the FBI, SWAT team, fire fighters, police officers and emergency management officials. Visitors also will see police cars, fire trucks, an FBI surveillance truck, and other equipment, all

IU Kokomo criminal justice students will teach safety seminars on topics including online safety and security, weather safety, and identity theft.

Steven Glass, president of the IU Kokomo Criminal Justice Association and Alpha Phi Sigma honor society, event co-sponsors, said some children may be afraid of law enforcement officials, and Public Safety Day gives them an opportunity to see first-hand what they do to protect them.

"It may even inspire some of the children to consider law enforcement careers," he said. "They will also see our quality criminal justice program, so if they choose that as their career, they will know they can earn their degree here."

Dave Selby, chief of the IU Kokomo Police Department, said Public Safety Day is an opportunity for law enforcement agencies to show the resources they have available to keep the community safe.

"This is also a great way to encourage a college-bound mentality for children," he said. "They will have fun visiting a college campus, and realize that college is something that is possible in their future."

Two-hour field trip openings are still available after 11 a.m. To reserve a space, call 765-455-9217, or e-mail tylange@iuk.edu.

Individual visitors are welcome between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free parking is available on campus.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 08/26/2014