THE INDEPENDENT NEWS
COURTHOUSE — The citizens advisory committee for the First Precinct seeks donations and support for an upcoming silent auction that helps the organization recognize officers and support them in the field — and sometimes even when an officer or their family is suddenly in need of help.
“If we’re advised of a specific need an officer has, we can help with that also,” said Fran Laskey, president of the commmittee.
The auction will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, at the Chili’s at Red Mill. Laskey said a number of donations from businesses in the precinct have come in, but she said more are needed to help make the event a success.
The committee, which just resumed its monthly meetings on Tuesday, Sept. 1, acts as a liaison between the public and the precinct, as well as coordinating with a number of other departments and offices.
The committee also recognizes officers of the quarter, an officer of the year and a supervison of the year award during its meetings.
The group has supported the Police Cadet Challenge, an event in which high school students participate in a training camp similar to what officers undergo when they join, Laskey wrote in an email.
Support from the community means the organization can keep supporting the officers here, Laskey wrote.
Reach the committee via firstname.lastname@example.org.