Children and adults are invited to attend “Cops ‘N Kids Picnic,” a community involvement event sponsored by the Maysville Commission on Human Rights.
“The commission is working to raise awareness of social, cultural and human rights needs in effort to bring an understanding of how our community works together,” said Mike Thomas, chairman of the commission. “We are combining fun, food, and facts to increase public knowledge of services available to all who might find themselves, or other friends and families, in need.”
The event is also being used as an “open house” for the recently-established Forest Avenue Maysville Police Station adjacent to Ron’s IGA shopping center.
The date is Thursday, September 5 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Wednesday, September 11.
Members of the Maysville Police Department and the Mason County Sheriff’s Office will be on-hand to introduce themselves and their services to the public while serving up free grilled hot dogs and accompanying sides of chips, dessert and drinks donated by Ron’s IGA and Maysville Community and Technical College. Comprehend Regional Prevention Center is also a sponsor.
“We are thrilled to have these sponsors display their awareness of the needs of human rights and safety for all people,” Thomas said. “The picnic will be very informal and informative.”
Guests will be given the chance to take a ride in a police car and to watch demonstrations of safety procedures used by the local enforcement agencies including how to properly and securely install child safety seats. Asst. Chief Jared Muse will give a talk on how to interact with police when carrying a concealed weapon. Free gun locks provided by the local sheriff’s office will be given away.
“The city human rights commissioners are certainly glad to support this picnic and are thankful for the support of the law enforcement agencies and sponsors by working together to create a safe and accepting community,” Thomas said.
In addition to Thomas, the human rights commission members are David Green, Ellen Cartmell, Bryan Helphinstine and Millicent Harding-Thomas. Maysville City Clerk Lisa Dunbar serves as the commission’s coordinator. Assisting in the planning are Maysville Assistant Police Chief Jared Muse and Mason County Sheriff Patrick Boggs.