Arvada, CO – In response to community concerns stemming from the recent Jessica Ridgeway case in Westminster, the Arvada Police Department has partnered with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and the Ralston House to offer a series of child safety classes for both adults and children.
The Arvada Police Department offers Stranger Awareness classes geared toward school-aged children. Arvada Police volunteers, working in conjunction with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office, host this free one-hour class. The class will teach children what to do if a stranger approaches them or if they are lost, and reviews different stranger scenarios to reinforce the information. Classes are on a first come, first served basis and will be offered:
· Sunday, Oct. 21 from 3:00-4:00 pm at the Arvada Library (7525 West 57th Avenue)
· Sunday, Oct. 28 from 1:00-2:00 pm at Sound Body Sound Mind Fitness (14615 W. 64th Ave.),
· Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Arvada Library,
· Monday, Nov. 5 from 4:00-5:00 pm at the Arvada Library,
· Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the YMCA (6350 Eldridge St.),
· Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 4:00-5:00 pm at the Arvada Library, and
· Sunday, Nov. 18 from 1:00-1:00 pm at the Stanley Lake Library (8485 Kipling Street).
Please note time change
Protect Your Child
The Ralston House is hosting two Protect Your Child classes with additional classes being planned. These classes will be held on Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and Wednesday, October 24, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Apex Center, located at 13150 W. 72nd Avenue. The class discusses behaviors and patterns of sexual predators that can be identified, as well as general things a parent can do to help protect their child(ren). Other topics covered are:
· Stranger Danger/Violent Offenders
· Sexual Abuse Overview
· Perpetrator Characteristics
· Preventing Abuse
· How to Talk to Your Children About Sexual Abuse and Strangers
This class is for adults only. The information and material presented are not suitable for children. Apex Center childcare is available for $4/hour. The class is free, but a suggested $10 donation will benefit the Ralston House.
New class added
An additional Protect Your Child class has been added.
November 7, 2012, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Ralston House, with locations in Arvada and Lakewood, is a not-for-profit agency that provides a friendly and safe place for children and teens who have been sexually abused to tell their stories and begin to heal. The Ralston House work with investigative professionals throughout the metro area to provide specialized forensic interviews and medical examinations.
Attendance to these classes is on a first come, first served basis. Future Protect Your Child classes will be posted on the arvadapd.org web site, where visitors can also find several child safety tips under the Crime and Prevention Tab.