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RPD plans outreach project; Process encourages questions, input from citizens

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Roswell police officers will be reaching out to the community this spring and summer, offering citizens — adults and children — a chance to get to know some of them. Officers also want to hear concerns, questions and other input from residents of three specific areas of the city that will be the focus of this year’s Community Investment Project, which will take place over the next three months.

The project will kick off at the Roswell International Air Center area, “the “Base”, on Memorial Day, May 28. The Roswell Police Department’s Mobile Command Center will be parked at the corner of West Wells Street and University Boulevard. Officers will be there from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then will go throughout the neighborhood to talk to residents. The Command Center will return to that location as many days as possible (depending on staffing availability and if it is needed elsewhere) through June 15.

The Command Center will then move to Alice Reischman-Smith Park (on G Street between East Wells and East Eyman streets) through June 29. Officers will again be at the Command Center to visit with citizens and show them the vehicle from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. before heading into that neighborhood to speak with residents.

The Command Center will move to two other locations in July and August, and will again be available to visit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Officers will also be going through the neighborhoods in these areas to talk to residents about any issues and questions citizens have.

The Command Center will be stationed at Poe Corn Park located on East Second Street, east of Garden Avenue, from July 2 through July 27.

It will be stationed at Carpenter Park (Buena Vista Street just east of Southeast Main Street) July 30-Aug. 31. Each area where the Command Center will be parked throughout the project will be a site where the Roswell Independent School District serves free summer lunches for school-age children from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition, the Roswell Police Department and local business sponsors will host a free public lunch at the Command Center site one Saturday each month. The lunches are tentatively set for June 9, July 14 and Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

City of Roswell Code Enforcement personnel will join in the Community Investment Project by concentrating on each month’s designated area to work with citizens to clean up neighborhoods and help ensure the safety of residents.