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The Bellefontaine Police Department hosted an outreach event Thursday evening at the corner of Detroit Street and High Avenue. Police Chief Brandon Standley urged those who attended to make safety of neighborhood children their top priority as the summer begins. “When you call the police, we can help you take care of a problem, but we can’t raise your children for you,” he told the crowd. “Neither can the schools or the parks. We need you to be parents.” FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy graduates Mitzy Hess and her mother in-law Anne Hess paint the faces of Robert Hicks, 9, and Tyrese Leeper, 10. ABOVE: Safety Pup watches as youths race up and down the street moving water from one bucket to another. BELOW: Retired Bellefontaine Police auxiliary officer Pat Tynan, foreground, and Citizens’ Police Academy graduates Russ Strayer and Kathy Comer serve chicken sandwiches to participants. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)


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