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WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Police Department will host a public safety day for Springfield-area children. The event will include discussions on police and fire safety topics, boating safety, power line safety and railroad safety. Children of all ages are welcome to attend this event.

WHEN: 10 a.m. – Noon Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021

WHERE: SASA Soccer Complex, 4600 11th St., Springfield

DETAILS: Multiple agencies will present safety information at the event:

  • UIS Police and Illinois State Police will teach children about road safety, steps to take in an emergency and the duties of a police officer
  • The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office will hold a K-9 demonstration at 11 a.m.
  • The Springfield Fire Department will discuss fire safety
  • Illinois Conservation Police will discuss boating safety
  • Ameren Illinois will demonstrate power line safety
  • A Life Flight helicopter will land and be on display
  • Operation Life Saver will teach railroad safety

UIS Police Officer Adam Rade organized the first-ever UIS Police Department Public Safety Day. “Being a first responder and having kids, you try to teach them about safety and what first responders do,” Rade said. “This event will serve as an educational resource for adults and children.”

In alignment with UIS’ United in Safety guidelines, unvaccinated individuals who can’t maintain 6-feet of social distance are required to wear a mask. Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask outdoors.

For more information, contact UIS Police Officer Adam Rade at 217-206-6690 or

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