Thursday, October 24th
Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy
When residents and police work together, safer and more livable communities are the result. On Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 PM, a Community Policing Appreciation Night will be held to give residents an opportunity to meet with police and share a meal in an informal setting. SW Neighborhoods, Inc.’s (SWNI) Public Safety Committee and SW Kiwanis are partnering to host the event, which will take place in the auditorium of the Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97219).
Families, individuals and police are all welcome at the free event as we encourage residents to get to know police working in their community. SW Kiwanis will be grilling burgers and serving food; bike safety and other door prizes will be awarded; and live music will be performed by Bill Dant. A special display from the Portland Police Museum and Historical Society will be set up for public viewing as well. Please support our officers by bringing hats, gloves, socks and/or scarves, which they will later distribute during their shifts.
“We asked local officers what we can do to support them,” said Sylvia Bogert, Executive Director of SWNI, “and they responded that they’d love to be able to hand out warm winter items to people in need that they encounter on the streets.” Ms. Bogert continued, “At last year’s Community Policing Appreciation Night, we collected an SUV full of warm hats, gloves and scarves. Imagine all the people officers can help if we collect even more this year!”
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.’s Public Safety Committee focuses on crime and safety-related issues in Southwest Portland neighborhoods. SWNI is a coalition of seventeen neighborhood associations that empowers citizens to improve and maintain the livability of Southwest neighborhoods. Kiwanis empowers communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children. The Portland Police Museum and Historical Society aims to preserve the history of the public safety in Portland and to promote goodwill and understanding between the Portland Police Officer and the community by advancing knowledge about the people and events of the past.
For additional information about this event, contact Sylvia Bogert at (503) 823-4592. www.swni.org. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend this free event.