Safety Programs

Bicycle Rodeos | Bike Ride with Cops | Halloween Safety Program
National Night Out | Project ChildSafe

Bicycle Events

     Bicycle Rodeos are conducted during events like National Night Out for the children of Buckhannon.  Buckhannon Police Department’s Bike Patrol Unit are the officers in charge of conducting the Bicycle Rodeo. 

The Bicycle Rodeo is an educational program for children and their parents on bicycle and pedestrian safety.  Rodeos are also held semi- annually at the Academy School, which is made possible by a Safe Routes to School Grant. 

     “Bike Ride with the Cops” is an event that allows bike patrol officers to teach children how to safely and securely walk or bike to school with groups and also teaching them how and when to cross the streets.  It is held annually each summer at the city’s Stockert Youth Center. 

Halloween Safety Program

     Each year, during the weeks preceding Halloween, the officers of the Buckhannon Police Department visit the local preschools and elementary schools to inform children about Halloween safety. Approximately 600 children are informed how to remain safe during the Halloween festivities. A presentation known as the “Halloween Safety Neighborhood” is shown to provide a visual aid for the children. During this display, Buckhannon’s very own Halloween safety super hero makes a special appearance to stress the importance of Halloween safety, road safety and stranger danger. In addition to these safety tips, each child is the recipient of a reflective trick-or-treat bag containing a Halloween safety coloring book, crayons, a list of safety tips and other information to encourage safety.

Listed below are more Halloween safety tips to help keep children safe:

  • Go trick-or-treating with a grown-up
  • Visit only those people who you know
  • Make sure your costume lets you see and hear perfectly
  • Carry a flashlight
  • Make sure your costume fits. It is easy to trip on costumes that are too large
  • Make yourself visible to cars by wearing brightly colored clothing
  • Have either your parents or a trusted adult check your treats before enjoying them

National Night Out

     Each year, the Buckhannon Police Department hosts their National Night Out event. This annual August event held in Buckhannon’s Jawbone Park/Public Safety Area is a great way to welcome the Fall season. The Buckhannon Police Bike Patrol unit conducts a bicycle rodeo for the children in attendance. In addition, many demonstrations catch the public’s eye, including the HealthNet, EMS, Fire Department, S.W.A.T. unit, FBI fingerprinting and the K-9 unit. To complement these festivities, the Buckhannon Police Department provides multiple informational booths to expand your knowledge, along with a “Cops and Rodders” classic car show. All of these festivities contribute to the excitement of this event.

Project ChildSafe®

Press Release April  7 2010:

Project ChildSafe® Comes To Buckhannon:
Firearm Safety Kits To Be Distributed Locally

Buckhannon, WV –The Buckhannon Police Department will provide free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. The safety kits, which include a gun lock, will be distributed beginning April 7, 2010 from 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday at Buckhannon City Hall.

Project ChildSafe, a program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), has distributed more than 35 million firearm safety kits throughout the country since 2003. The program is funded by a  U.S. Department of Justice grant, with additional funding provided by the firearms industry.

“We encourage residents to pick up a Project ChildSafe safety kit so that they can securely store their firearm,” said Chief Matthew Gregory of the Buckhannon Police Department. “Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-style gun lock. The locks fit on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in your home.”

By partnering with Project ChildSafe, the Buckhannon Police Department is participating in a national effort to promote firearms safety education to all gun owners. Project ChildSafe will distribute gun lock safety kits to all 50 states and the five U.S. territories.

“We are pleased to have the Buckhannon Police Department as a Project ChildSafe partner,” said Bill Brassard, Jr., director of Project ChildSafe. “Project ChildSafe is an important step forward in helping ensure that all firearm owners fully understand their responsibilities with respect to the safe handling and storage of firearms.”

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