Durham police offer crisis, child safety event

May. 23, 2014 @ 03:58 PM

People in crisis don’t always know where to turn.
With that in mind, Durham Police Officer Mike Antinodes organized a special event for May 31 in Forest Hills Park to share information and get help for those who need it.
Antonides has been with the department for about a year. This event is the culmination of his training in District 3, known as a “neighborhood portfolio exercise.”
“Through my duties, almost every day I come across people in crisis,” he said. “I’ve seen people who are suicidal, who have made suicide attempts and need mental health assistance. I wanted to figure a good way to put out information to help them.”
So, whether someone is in crisis or knows a friend or relative in crisis, they’ll find Antinodes and other officers from the District 3-A Squad in the park at 1639 University Drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with mental health advisers on hand to assist.
The event also offers child fingerprinting and free gun locks provided by Project Safe Neighborhoods.
The Theta Phi Psi fraternity step team from Hillside High School will perform. Also, free activities for kids will include face painting, a bounce house, police and fire vehicles and a visit from McGruff the Crime Dog. Food will be available.

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