Gateway: News

Gig Harbor PD to participate in forums on personal safety

A free, five-part series of public presentations on personal safety for older adults and people with disabilities will be held through September.

These events will provide participants with tips for improving their personal safety, information on local crime activity and advice on interacting with local police.

Officers from the Lakewood, Tacoma, Gig Harbor and Sumner police departments, as well as the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, will lead the presentations.

The presentation dates, times and locations are:

▪ 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Lakewood Police Department, 9401 Lakewood Dr., SW

▪ 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Tacoma Police Department, 3701 S. Pine Street

▪ 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Gig Harbor City Hall, 3510 Grandview Street

▪ 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Sumner Senior Center, 15506 62nd Street Court E

▪ 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19 at the Graham Pierce County Library, 9202 224th Street E

“There is no doubt that seniors and people with disabilities are often targeted (for crimes),” Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources, said in a release. “Criminals see this vulnerability as an opportunity for quick gain with less risk on their part. But people can take some simple steps to improve personal safety both at home and in the community.”

This event is hosted by Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resources, along with local police departments and Safe Streets.