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Safety City was established in 1978 through a unique partnership between the Lima Police Department and the Lima Noon Optimist Club, which is the private sponsor of Safety City along with the Club’s community partners. The Lima Fire Department and the Lima City Schools also share in a partnership with Safety City. Safety City is located at 700 S. Collett St. in Lima, and has served well over 100,000 youth throughout the years. The Safety City complex spreads over 4 acres which includes a classroom building, a fire safety training house, a number of mini-buildings making up the cityscape, a play area, roads to ride bikes, and a number of other training infrastructure.

Through the Lima Police Department, Safety City serves the area youth through school year field trips to Safety City, the Safety City Summer Academy, and safety training that is taken into the schools within the City of Lima. Safety City uses the most state-of-the-art national child safety program called radKIDS, which uses hands-on practical drills for all child safety training. The D.A.R.E. Program is also utilized in all areas of Safety City child training in conjunction with radKIDS, both at Safety City and in the Lima City Schools.

Adult Training
Safety City has also expanded and is continuing to expand into adult training, with such programs as the RAD Women’s Basic Self-Defense Course, and the A.L.I.C.E. Active Shooter Survival Course for school staff and other workplace employees. The LPD also under the Safety City umbrella: assists schools within the City of Lima with their compliance of Ohio HB 422, which mandates schools follow State protocols in school safety.

Upcoming Events

On October 11, 2014, there will be a 5K Walk/Run fundraiser to support Safety City, followed by an open house to allow the public an opportunity to meet Officer Matt Douglass, who runs the Safety City program, as well as two local Firemen, Chris Jackson & Warren Pughsley. The 5K Walk/Run on-site registration and check in will start at 9 AM and the event itself will start at 10 AM, with the open house immediately following at 11 AM. Below are the information flyers, along with a printable registration form to pre-register for the 5K Walk/Run.

5K Walk/Run information and pre-registration sheet
Open House informational flyer
Map of the 5K Walk/Run route

LPD Officer Matt Douglass coordinates all aspects of Safety City, and can be contacted at 419-221-5269, or by E-mail.