Beginning June 8, 2016 and continuing every Wednesday and Friday through August 12, 2016, Hammond police officers will staff the Safety Village located behind the Hammond Civic Center at 5825 Sohl Avenue from 10am-2pm.
Officers staffing the Safety Village will be paid from the Pedestrian/Bicycle Grant.
Upon entering, everyone will be required to sign in with their name, address and age. This is necessary for tracking purposes & reporting back to the Indiana Criminal Justice System who is the grant authorizer.
Though this is aimed toward elementary and middle school aged children, anyone over the age of three is welcome to participate. Unfortunately, it is not designed for children under three years of age. Children under the age of seven must be accompanied by an adult.
Once inside, participants will be allowed to ride bicycles, walk or use the pedal cars available until the next safety presentation is made. The video presentation will be conducted in the barn in the center of the Safety Village and will consist of three videos. The first video is a little more than nine minutes and is titled NHTSA’s Bike Safe, Bike Smart and covers basic bicycle safety. The second video is produced by Just Drive PA and is aimed at younger pedestrians and is titled Walk this way. This video runs 3:39. The last video is also produced by Just Drive PA and is aimed toward older children. It is titled Kids Explain: Pedestrian Safety for Middle School Aged Kids and runs 3:01. Video presentations should be given every half hour assuming we have new participants.
Groups may call the Hammond Police Traffic Division at 219-852-2911 to arrange closed presentations.