THOUSAND OAKS, CA
1. Briefly describe the structure of the program.
The "Safe and Fun Education" (S.A.F.E.) Program is best described as a preventative type of education program targeting elementary school ages children, parents and teachers. The program identifies issues involving bicycles, roller blades / skate boards, pedestrians and strangers. Safety and preventative suggestions are made to assist in avoidance and/or resolution of an incident.
2. When was the program created and why?
This program was created in July of 1995. It was the Thousand Oaks (CA) Police Department Traffic Bureauís goal to assist in the prevention of student related incidents.
3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?
The effectiveness of this program is only measured by the level of response the Traffic Bureau receives from the elementary schools in the local Conejo Valley Unified School District. To this date, the response has been good, and more and more interest is shown each year.
4. How is the program financed?
This program is a collateral assignment for one of the Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureauís Motorcycle Officers. It is his/her responsibility to schedule each presentation at the schools and to make each presentation with the assistance of other motorcycle officers. There is no special financing for this program.
5. How is the community involved in the programHow has the community responded to the program?
Because this program is held at our public schools, the students, teachers and parents are all invited. They are encouraged to ask questions and to discuss the issues with their students/children. We have received numerous positive responses each year that this program has taken place.
6. What are major lessons learned from the program?
The major lesson in this program is that there is no reason or justification as to why the safety of our children in our communities should be violated or compromised. It is our responsibility as adults to do what we have to do to assure the safest possible environment for the children as possible.
7. Contact person:
Deputy Daniel Ambarien
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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