Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Safe City Nights is back for 2022 and the Rochester Police Department released the details of this year’s events.

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Safe City Nights is a summer series of community engagement events across the City of Rochester.

This summer’s Safe City Nights includes six gatherings, one in every ward of the City. Each event will include free food and fun activities with police officers, firefighters, and other public safety partners

Rochester Police Dept Safe City event/RPD photo
Rochester Police Dept Safe City event/RPD photo

Rochester Police Department Safe City Nights Locations and Dates:

  • June 14, 6-8 p.m. George Gibbs Elementary (5525 56th St NW)
  • June 28, 6-8 p.m. Ben Franklin Elementary (1801 9th Ave SE)
  • July 12, 6-8 p.m. Jefferson Elementary (1201 10th Ave NE)
  • July 26, 6-8 p.m. Folwell Elementary (603 15th Ave SW)
  • August 9, 6-8 p.m. Slatterly Park (950 11th Ave SE)
  • August 23, 6-8 p.m. Watson Field (1000 Essex Pkwy NW)

RPD first launched Safe City Nights in 2019 with the purpose of building positive connections between police and community members.

“We really value the opportunity to engage with people of all ages in all areas of the City. Relationship-building initiatives like Safe City Nights are a key part of community policing, which focuses on working collaboratively to solve problems and enhance public safety,” Police Chief Jim Franklin said.

Several public safety and City partners are participating in Safe City Nights, including Rochester Fire Department, Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, Community Engagement Response Team/C.E.R.T., Mayor Kim Norton, Rochester Public Utilities, Public Works, Library and Parks and Recreation.

Activities & Attractions at Safe City Nights Include:

  • Food catered by Canadian Honker
  • K9 team demonstrations
  • Emergency vehicles
  • Drone demonstrations
  • Fitness and agility testing
  • Music
  • Giveaways

Safe City Nights is a community-wide endeavor, and everyone is invited to attend.

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