The Weekly Report provides news and insight about Kansas City, Mo. programs and services provided by City departments. Show notes are posted at kcmo.gov/weeklyreport.
Hi everyone I'm Chris Fernandez. This is the weekly report, a look at news from the city of Kansas, City Missouri. The city has joined next door, a private and free social network for neighborhoods, more than 100 Kansas City neighborhoods are already using next door as a kind of virtual neighborhood watch. This helps neighbors get to know each other and share recommendations on services or just talk about public safety issues. The city communications office, the mayor's office and the police department will use next door to send messages about local news, safety alerts and neighborhood services.
If we have more neighbors talking to each other, protecting each other supporting each other, we'll have happier, people will have less crime and then what we really ought to do is we ought to get big signs that say: next-door neighbor hood, don't bring your stuff in here and put it up. So the people who want to come in and cause trouble set know that if you go in there, your chances are getting caught are going to be much higher. That's what we need to do in this city.
To sign up visit nextdoor.com and enter your address as a next-door member, you only have access to your specific neighborhoods site. This keeps conversation secure. You must also verify that you live in your neighborhood and once verified, you can begin posting more than 10,000 fans crowded into kansas city's power and light district to watch. The recent World Cup games, soccer fans from across the Metro came to celebrate in downtown Kansas City on the crowds enthusiasm generated national publicity for our city. It.
Fire department will provide free, continuous chest, compression training sessions for local groups and residents continuous chest compressions, also known as hands. Only CPR is now the preferred CPR method. A training session only takes 15 or 20 minutes and covers basic heart safety facts how to locate and use an AED and how to administer hands. Only CPR groups interested in attending a training session may call 816, 784 9200 or sign up online at HOA heart, safe gorg. Now, let's check in with some of our city's departments.
Hi I'm Heidi downer, with Kansas, City, Parks and Recreation summer is in full swing, so be sure to take advantage of these fun activities at your KC parks facilities, it's national parks and recreation month. This year's theme out is in encourages everyone to do something outside every day of the month to make sure getting out becomes part of your daily routine. Follow hashtag KC parks on social media during july for ideas and activities to get outside be inspired and change.
Your outlook visit, kc parks org for the entire out is in july, calendar of outing, our official national parks and recreation month celebration, Kansas, City's, big picnic takes place on Sunday, July twentieth as Casey parks partners, with the nelson-atkins Museum of Art to host the biggest picnic the region has ever seen. The Donald J hall sculpture park entice park will be linked to become a giant space for Kansas City to come together for an evening of fun.
Family activities get all the details at KC parks, org, the world's most beloved musical The Sound of Music, is presented at starlight theater in Swope Park from july twenty fifth through 31st. This true story of the Von Trapp family in Austria, has it all and features some of Broadway's. Most well-known songs tickets are available at kc, starlight, calm, kansas city parks and recreation is planning for our future and needs your help to determine priorities.
Please visit our website. Casey parks org between now and august, first to launch the 10 minute survey and let your voice be heard. Your thoughts and suggestions are very important to us to learn more about these or other events. Kansas City, Parks and Recreation has to offer visit, KC parks, org and click on the calendar or give us a call at eight 16, 5, 13 7500.
Interaction officer position provides many opportunities for for the police department to be able to help people more times than not. It's just a positive experience and allows us to engage the community break down barriers, earn trust, earn friendships and just just try to make community safer. It's about relationships, partnerships and communication CIOs offer an opportunity for direct engagement with the community that goes beyond just the typical call for service natural.
Ceo position is important: it gives the homes, associations, businesses, citizens a contact person even to ask what happened on the block to what can I do about crime. In my neighborhood, we bring things to the table, talk about them, work things out, problem solving, there's just a lot of people in the city that won't help central.
The CIO serves as a critical link between the citizens of Kansas City and the Kansas City Missouri Police Department in Central Division I think we got some of the best groups in the entire Kansas City metropolitan area, very close group. They actually become family instead of just residents. South.
Seems like each day there's new challenges, different situations. The community comes to me with it I end up scratching my head, wondering okay, how we going to handle this? How we're going to combat this issue that this group is encountering one we're out there in the community, where we're viewed as the officer friendly kind of the liaison between the community and the police department. A lot of people have questions. They want to add, get in touch with different units.
It's it's exactly what I wanted to do since I, since since the beginning to work with the community to deal with issues at hand and absolutely love it up north, we have great communication with our HOAs our community at hand. The communication between North Patrol and the citizens is has has has been great a good day when I don't get any complaints about speed, bumps, show.
Very much rewarding it gives me the opportunity to interact with the public and be that liaison between the public and what the department can do for them. I do think it's very important that the department have community interaction officers, just because the title itself says that we are ones that work with the public and that we want to interact with them and address their problems, and let them know what the police department can do for them and what they can do also to obviously have helped themselves and finally,.
The community interaction officers are vitally important to our department and to the communities they serve. They have to know the dynamics of each neighborhood. They work with Nathan know the dynamics of the division they work within. They have to keep current on what's happening within the department and within the community. They are the go-to person for those neighborhoods. We have a great mix between people that have been a CIO for many many years to people that are just starting as a CIO. They seem to work together very well as a group they share information.
Cios should never be used as an emergency contact. They are strictly and after the fact resource eager to find out what was happening in your neighborhood or to provide intelligence information. I think a lot of people not only in the community but also a lot of officers. Forget the cios have a lot of wonderful contacts in their neighborhoods and they receive an awful lot of intelligence about who is doing what and where it does take a very special type of person to be sdio. You have to be somebody that is outgoing.
That is willing to meet new people that can work with very limited supervision. At the same time, you know the department has to trust them, that they're going to follow the Department guidelines and put out the department viewpoints I'm very pleased with the current caliber of CIOs that we have chief.
Forte often says relationships mean everything as CIOs. We reach out to businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, home associations and community groups. We keep the public informed on what the police department does and why we do it. We assist in neighborhoods setting up their block watch programs, we listen to complaints and suggestions and we answer questions. Our connections range from the City Council to state representatives and Senators people often say where's a cop when you need one well, CIOs may be the easiest to find.
The city will partner with the raytown Animal Hospital, to hold free pet vaccination clinics at the spirit of freedom fountain and at Marlborough, Park, rabies, vaccinations and microchipping will be free. However, pet owners will be required to buy a city pet license for ten dollars. The next pi act meeting will be held on Thursday July, seventeenth from 6 30 to 8 30 p.m. at the Bruce R watkins cultural heritage center. This is your chance to suggest public improvements from the city's capital budget.
Pi h is the public improvements advisory committee for complete listing of hearings throughout the summer. Please visit kc, MO, gov and search for pike hearings for more information about any of today's stories. Please log on to KCMO, gov and search for the weekly report. That does it for this edition of the weekly report. I'm Chris Hernandez have a great week.