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CPD, Optimist Club announce Rice Festival partnership

Chief Jimmy Broussard of the Crowley Police Department is pleased to announce the cooperation and participation of the Crowley Optimist Club in the upcoming Rice Festival weekend.

“One of the biggest concerns we face during the Festival is the loss of small children,” Broussard commented. “With the enormity of attendees at the festival, it becomes quite easy for a young child to become lost from his family, and in years past (other than with the help of the sound stages), we did not have much recourse in reuniting the lost children with their families unless the families came looking for them.

“It is exciting that the Crowley Optimist Club is joining forces with us in helping with that area. Their addition will assist us greatly in locating the families of these children in a quicker manner.”

 The Optimist Club will be stationed at the Crowley Police Department Command Post, which is the old Wells Fargo Building (red brick building located on the corner of First Street and Parkerson Avenue ). 

Parents are encouraged to come and “register” their child with the Optimist club. The name of the parents, and a cell phone number will be recorded, at which time the child will be given a bracelet with a number on it. The number will identify the child to a corresponding number on the Optimist Club list which will have contact information. Members of the Optimist Club or officers will contact the cell number given for the child to alert them that their child is at the Command Post.

 “It has always been said that it, ‘takes a village to raise a child.’ I applaud and thank the Optimist Club for their willingness to join forces with us in ‘raising a child’,” Broussard remarked. “In a festival the size and magnitude of the Rice Festival, it takes many hands and feet to make sure everyone is safe. 

“The leadership of the Optimist Club in joining with us for our children will be the extra ‘hands and feet’ we need to make sure the Festival is enjoyed by all.”

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