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MPD to host Community Day in Madero

MADERO — The Mission Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the City of Mission will host a Community Day at Madero Community Park on Saturday.

MPD officials invite the community to come out the event from 2:30-5 p.m. The event will have food, prizes, moon jumps, piñatas, balloons, clowns, face painting and games like tug-of-war and potato sack races. Entertainment will be provided for “Los Federales,” a band comprised of agents.

Madero Community Park is located off of South Conway Avenue on Los Indios Road.

Mission Police Chief Martin Garza said the event is to help bring the community of Madero and surrounding areas together and to promote a better quality of life for those living in the community.

“We want them to take ownership of their community, their neighborhood and their neighborhood park,” said Garza.

Last July, the agencies set up a community partnership at the park. Since then, there have been picnics and movies at the park to promote community togetherness.

A trailer in the park currently serves as the community center complete with three computers with an Internet connection and printers. Garza said the computers are there for children in the community to use for school assignments.

With the community partnership the group have performed regular assessments of the community to control graffiti, replace broken or burnt out lights, replace old signs, over grown easements and properties, and learning the concerns of residents by going door-to-door.

“We’ve seen good results,” added Garza.

Garza said by getting the people of the community to know their neighbors, they have been able to get better responses concerning crimes. Police report that there has been a decrease in drug sales and human trafficking in the area. In fact, someone was arrested last week on a charge of possession of narcotics after residents alerted police.

“We’re really just addressing issues and hoping to make a difference,” said Garza.

To allow residents more ways to work with police, the department will unveil a QR code sign, as part of a new neighborhood watch program police enacted throughout the City of Mission.

The sign will be located at the park revealing statistics about the neighborhood. Scanning the QR code will lead a person to information regarding how many thefts, home burglaries, auto thefts and burglaries in vehicles have occurred in the area during the previous month. Similar signs will be located in neighborhoods and parks throughout the city.

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