RPD, United Way reschedule Strong Neighborhoods dates

The Rockford Police Department and United Way of Rock River Valley announced rescheduled dates for three Strong Neighborhoods Days block parties that were cancelled due to inclement weather.

The block parties, which provide informal opportunities for neighbors to meet and engage with district police officers, will occur on Thursdays from noon-to-2 p.m. at the following locations:

• July 14 – Revell Strong Neighborhoods House (1233 Revell Ave.)

• July 21 – 8th Avenue Strong Neighborhoods House (908 8th Ave.)

• July 28 – Creekview Road and East Lawn Drive

“Strong Neighborhoods Days affords us the opportunity to build new and cultivate lasting relationships within our community,” said Lieutenant Carla Redd.

Block party activities include giveaways, bomb robot demonstrations, and tours of the Rockford Police mobile command center and Strong Neighborhoods Houses. United Way will provide food, catered by Zina Horton from local favorite, Zammuto’s, and will also distribute free t-shirts to attendees.

“Strong neighborhood programming is a great way for officers to positively interact with citizens in an informal and fun setting,” said Lieutenant Joel Givens.

Police officers and United Way volunteers will go door-to-door throughout the neighborhood to make introductions, distribute event information and invite residents to attend leading up to each event.

“United Way is working with community partners to build safe and healthy neighborhoods. Strong Neighborhoods Days is an excellent way for police officers and neighborhood residents to get to know each other. Recent events in other cities have illustrated how important it is that citizens trust their local police departments. That trust is the foundation of a safer community,” said Paul Logli, President and CEO of United Way of Rock River Valley.

For more information visit unitedwayrrv.org.

–City of Rockford

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