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National Night Out is an annual event held the first Tuesday in August. Join together as a community to meet neighbors and show support for crime-free neighborhoods! National Night Out is wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote law enforcement - community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places throughout the year. National Night Out is a night to celebrate safety and crime prevention successes - and to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days. Visit https://natw.org/about for more information about this annual national event.

To help support the event, become a local sponsor or for more information about your local National Night Out events and locations please contact your Eagle County Sheriff's Office Community Affairs Officer Amber Barrett at: amber.barrett@eaglecounty.us or call 970-328-8512.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about Eagle County and the work of your local law enforcement agencies. Stop by a Coffee with a Cop event, have a cup of coffee on us and meet the Eagle County Sheriff deputies, Eagle County officials and local law enforcement teams. NO Agendas!  NO Speeches! NO Presentations! Just a chance to ask questions, to voice concerns and get to know your local law enforcement and officials. JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR COFFEE AND CONVERSATION. For more information or to host a Coffee with a Cop event please contact your Eagle County Sheriff's Office Community Affairs Officer Amber Barrett at amber.barrett@eaglecounty.us or call 970-328-8512. Please take a minute to learn more about this amazing community policing event at www.coffeewithacop.com.   

Bicycle Safety Bicycle safety classes (bike rodeos) are taught throughout Eagle County for various schools, churches, youth-oriented organizations and community events. These classes are designed to focus on teaching children about traffic laws, bicycle safety, the mechanics of bicycle riding, safety equipment (including helmets), and bicycle maintenance.

Internet Safety One in five children who uses an Internet chat room is approached by a pedophile, and one in four children who uses the Internet is exposed to unwanted sexual material, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Do you know who or what your child has encountered online? Learn about Internet dangers, practicing safe Internet use, and monitoring your child’s Internet use. Suggested Audience: Students grade K-2, 3-6, Junior & Senior High School; Parents/Communities. Available in English and Spanish. Program Length: 60 minutes.  

Project ChildSafe A program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation that distributes Gun Lock safety kits FREE to law enforcement agencies to share with their communities. The National Shooting Sports Foundation has distributed more than 37 million gun lock safety kits around the country and continues to work to keep firearms safe in the home.  Project Childsafe is a national program that helps ensure safe and responsible firearm ownership and storage.  Gun Lock Safety Kits are available for FREE thru the Eagle County Sheriff's Office.  For more information about the Project ChildSafe program please visit:  www.projectchildsafe.org.

National Prescription Drug Take Back The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is planned twice a year and aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The Drug Enforcement Administration's Diversion Control Division organizes the national Prescription drug take back day events across the nation in April and October and collects close to 5,000 tons from each event.  DID YOU KNOW ? There are three permanent medication disposal sites available in Eagle County: 1) Eagle County Justice Center Bldg., 885 E. Chambers Ave, Eagle CO 81631, 2) Town of Avon Police Bldg., 60 Buck Creek Road, Avon CO 81620, 3) Town of Vail Municipal Bldg., 75 S, Frontage Road, Vail CO 81657 For more information about the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program please visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/.

Eagle County Prevention Committee Local first responders meet regularly to discuss and plan events and campaigns to help with prevention strategies for the Eagle County community they serve. Primary focus is to organize and work with Eagle County seniors and youth thru a variety of programs with local county officials, school officials and recreation districts. Promoting Safety and awareness among youth and teens with events at local schools that include annual "Seat Belt Challenges", and teen "Safety Fairs" discussing topics about drug and alcohol safety, distracted driving awareness and driver safety. Working with youth at the annual "Camp 911" through WECMRD that offers a full day of FREE training with local first responders that includes topics such as: fire safety, CPR, traffic safety with helmet and bicycle safety, personal protection, and learning about the county agencies such as search and rescue, dispatch, fire, medical and law enforcement.

#codrivesafe -  In February 2017, local Eagle resident Robye Nothnagel suffered severe injuries as the victim of a distracted driving crash. She was crossing the street in Frisco Texas with her daughters and was hit by a car by an 18-year old driver that was looking at her phone. Watch the Dangers of Distracted Driving PSA that CDOT produced about her story. She has taken her tragedy and turned it into a community service with an interactive presentation on the Dangers of Distracted Driving. If you are interested in hosting her presentation, contact her at: codrivesafe@gmail.com AND follow the Facebook page @ColoradoDriveSafe.  

Assault Prevention and Self-Defense Instruction For Women The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office offers a 4 hour basic instructional course on safety tips and self-defense tactics for women. Course topics include crime information/statistics from your neighborhood, ways to help you stay safe, demonstrations and practice of physical skills designed for defense.  This course is offered free of charge. Instruction includes a moderate level of physical activity.  Due to the comfort level of some participants, no spectators and no males may attend the course.  Suggested Audience: Students aged 14+. Available in English and Spanish. Program Length: 4-hour session.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Building or remodeling your home? Rearranging a store? Redesigning your landscape? Learn how to prevent crime from the first step of smart design strategies to selecting and mounting the final pieces of hardware. This program may be broad-based or narrowed to discuss certain design topics.  Suggested Audience: Homeowners; Business Owners. Available in English only. Program Length: One to six 30-minute segments.“Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design”, also known as CPTED is for business or residential properties. CPTED is an approach to security design that is proven effective. The basic concept is the physical environment can be changed to impact criminal behavior in a way that will reduce the incidence and fear of crime to improve the quality of life. Visit www.nicp.net for additional information.   

Simulated Impaired Driving Experience or SIDNE is a battery-powered vehicle that simulates the effects of impairment from alcohol or other drugs on a motorist's driving skills. Its intent is to use it at schools and other locations to educate drivers and/or soon to be drivers on the effects that alcohol or other drugs can have on your ability to drive.

Lifeskills is an evidence-based prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. Suggested Audience: Students grades 3/4, 4/5, 5/6.  Available in English & Spanish. Program Length: Series of eight 30-45 minute segments.

Start your own Neighborhood Watch Program A safe home begins with a safe neighbor. Neighbors are the first line of defense. Besides taking a bite out of crime, watch groups can put “neighbor” back in neighborhoods. Take A Stand. Join Neighborhood Watch. Visit www.ncpc.org for your National Crime Prevention Council “Starting A Neighborhood Watch” checklist.  

For more information please contact the Eagle County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit at 970-328-8512.