Parker Police Host Summer Events to Teach Kids About Crime and Safety | Heather Willard

Heather Willard/NewsBreak Denver

(Parker, Colorado) The Parker Police Department is planning two upcoming events for children to engage with law enforcement and learn about crime and safety in their community.

The first is the annual Summer Kick-Off event at Discovery Park, 20115 Mainstreet, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on June 8. Morning events include story time with Chief of Police Jim Tsurapas, who plans to read some of his favorite stories starting at 9 a.m.

Don’t forget to bring your children’s bikes for the Bike Rodeo. Parker Police Officers will teach local children to ride bicycles and provide lessons in bicycle safety by leading children through a discussion and a bicycle obstacle course. Participants must wear closed shoes and a helmet.

The event will also provide opportunities to visit police vehicles and have casual conversations with patrol officers. Coffee will be available for adults and root beer floats for children.

Partner groups like the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center, the Parker Library and the City of Parker will host activities and share information about other upcoming youth programs.

Registration is also open for the Parker Police Department’s second youth event this summer: the annual Police academy for teenagersscheduled from 9 a.m. to noon from July 11 to 15.

Commissioned officers will guide academy attendees through a range of police activities, including a mock crime scene, high-speed driving laps, a K-9 presentation and a simulated use of force .

Teens in grades 9-12 can register online at All applicants are subject to a background check before being accepted, and preference is given to Parker residents. Applicants are requested to attend all five classes. Contact Bri Rock at, [email protected] for more information.

Maria R. Newman