THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
On Tuesday night, prior to the City Council Meeting, members of the Rice Festival Association, Crowley Police Department, the City of Crowley and the Crowley Optimist Club gathered in the Council Chambers to announce finalized plans for protecting children during this year’s festival. Among those in attendance were, from left, Josh Spell, festival and parade co-chairman; Police Chief Jimmy Broussard; Mayor Pro-tem Steven Premeaux; and Shirley Bratton, Crowley Optimist Club.
Rice Festival ‘Safe Zone’ announced
The Crowley Optimist Club, the Rice Festival Association and the Crowley Police Department have finalized plans for the missing child program being implemented for the International Rice Festival next weekend.
Shirley Bratton, Crowley Optimist Club member, announced that the “Safe Zone” booth will be located at the corner of North Parkerson Avenue and Second Street, directly in front of the Home Bank building.
Parents who want to enroll their children in the program can do so at that location.
ID bracelets for the children will match a number on a sign-up sheet, which will include the child’s guardian contact information.
If a child is lost, parents should return to the Optimist Club’s booth and wait for the police to radio the child’s ID number. When found, the child will be returned to the booth by a police officer.
If a lost child is found, the Crowley Police Department urges that civilian to bring the child to the closest police officer so the child can be safely returned to the proper guardians. If an officer cannot be found, any lost child can also be dropped off at the Police Department located on the corner of Fifth Street and Avenue F. The department will have officers inside during the festival.
Parents are urged to take advantage of the child ID service offered by the Optimist Club of Crowley.