Ada's Award Winning S.A.F.E.R. Program
Seeking Aid From Every Resident
Central to every safe community is a strong and healthy relationship between the residents and their police agency. Project S.A.F.E.R. (Seeking Aid From Every Resident) is Ada's own community policing initiative started in January of 2002 and winner of the 2003 Ohio Crime Prevention's Community Policing Strategy Award, aimed at nurturing this important and vital relationship. Through the S.A.F.E.R. Program we are continually reminding our residents of their role in assisting the Ada Police Department to keep Ada a SAFER community. A community of 5,500 residents, our S.A.F.E.R. Program declares that our community doesn't just rely on our police officers to keep Ada SAFER, but we have decided that all of our residents will join the fight against crime and nuisance activity. Ada truly is a SAFER community because of the positive relationship between our residents and staff of the Ada Police Department.
The essence of any community policing program is the partnerships that are forged with our community members. Our S.A.F.E.R. Committee is made up of a village official, school administrator, college representative, business member, Ohio Northern University Security Chief, Ada Police Chief and a private citizen. The task of the S.A.F.E.R. Committee is to review programs and functions of the S.A.F.E.R. Program and determine who our award recipients will be based on nominations by S.A.F.E.R. Committee members or the public.
Our S.A.F.E.R. Committee represents the diversity of our community and gives a voice to the different entities that make Ada such a great place to work and live.
S.A.F.E.R. Alerts are the Ada Police Department's way of putting our community on alert for criminal activity or issues which are of immediate concern for our residents. The S.A.F.E.R. Alert is also designed to solicit action and or assistance by our residents so that in partnership with the police department, we are all taking a role in keeping our community safer.
To access current S.A.F.E.R. Alerts please see the right hand portion of any page of this website under "S.A.F.E.R. Alerts".
One of the important elements of the S.A.F.E.R. Program is to recognize those people who take an active role in keeping the Village of Ada safer. The Village of Ada is made up of many fine people who desire a safer community and get involved simply because it is the right thing to do. Recognizing that our award winners were not looking for fame or awards when they decided to share information or do outstanding acts, the Ada Police Department needs to send the message anyway that we appreciate the assistance that we get and your participation is critical to our combined safety. By partnering with Wilson's Football factory in Ada, Ohio, our award winners receive a nice certificate and an internationally recognized gift of an authentic NFL Football with the handsome S.A.F.E.R. Logo imprinted on the ball - a keepsake that will last forever.
Throughout each year the Ada Police Department presents several safety programs and events geared towards teaching our kids to lead safer lives. We have dubbed all of our kids programs S.A.F.E.R. Kids. We believe that it is important to interact with our kids early on to build trust, friendships and community participation. We want our youngsters to know even from an early age that they all have a part in making our village a safer community.
By visiting our classrooms and teaching drug education, gun safety, personal safety, fire safety, bullying and other topics, we hope to build partnerships and avoid enforcement actions later in life. Our officer's present safety belt programs and bike rodeos for our youth, equipping them with bike helmets and other items to remind them of the importance of personal safety responsibilities.
Without a doubt, our SAFER Kids programs are a big hit with the kids and very important as well.