Jefferson County

A safety and wellness extravaganza

District attorney’s 10th annual safety fair takes place Aug. 26

Posted 8/22/17

There’s always something new for the community to learn about public safety.

And even if you’ve attended every Safety Fair for the past nine years, you will leave this year’s event having learned something new, said Jefferson and Gilpin …

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Jefferson County

A safety and wellness extravaganza

District attorney’s 10th annual safety fair takes place Aug. 26

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There’s always something new for the community to learn about public safety.

And even if you’ve attended every Safety Fair for the past nine years, you will leave this year’s event having learned something new, said Jefferson and Gilpin counties’ District Attorney Pete Weir.

“Information is power,” he said. “An informed and educated public is a safer public because it helps prevent victimization.”

The First Judicial District’s District Attorney’s 10th annual Safety Fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. It will feature nearly 90 booths with information and expert advice to help keep the entire community safe.

The purpose is to provide information for households to thrive, said Cary Johnson, the director of crime prevention at the district attorney’s office, and they thrive when they’re safe, well and healthy.

This year’s fair will allow households access to resources and information for those three necessities and more, Johnson added.

Highlights include child ID kits, water safety demonstrations, Jeffco Open Space, a booth where people can update their voter registration, CHEEZO with internet safety tips, flu shots and other vaccinations, free document shredding, a computer lab for people to get a credit report and a kids bike rodeo where children can interact one-on-one with a Wheat Ridge police officer. Lutheran Medical Center has provided 500 bike helmets to give away to children for free, and the Golden Optimist Club will be giving free bicycles to children who do not have one.

“The key is that the people manning these booths are experts,” Johnson said. “This is the chance for everyone to get those questions answered that you wouldn’t normally have a chance to.”

The first Safety Fair took place on the Red Rocks Community College campus and had an attendance of about 600 people. But along with the venue being too small, staff critiques of the event revealed something else was missing, Johnson said.

It was great for parents to access important information, he said, but “one of our prosecutors stood up and said, `I wouldn’t bring my family to this event because there’s nothing for kids.”

Now, 10 years later, it’s an event with attractions for the entire family, Johnson said. There will still be loads of valuable information for parents, in addition to resources for seniors and plenty of children’s activities and safety-related games, he said.

The Safety Fair is sponsored by the district attorney’s office, Weir said, but one of the great things about it is that it’s a partnership with law enforcement, private businesses and nonprofits.

“It’s all of us coming together to provide valuable information that ensures safety for all of the community,” Weir said. “This is a time for families and individuals to come and learn about all of the resources there are out there.”

Mary Erwin, a legal secretary with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, has volunteered at all nine of the previous Safety Fairs.

“I love the sense of community that it brings,” she said. “Our staff comes together with law enforcement and businesses to help keep our citizens safe. Whether you want information on how to protect your identity, properly fit a bike helmet on your child or learn more about Colorado’s wildlife, there is plenty to learn by spending your morning with us.”

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