PHOENIX, NY – Communities need to protect their most vulnerable citizens and members of the Phoenix Police Department are inviting families, friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors to come and hit the hoops in a show of support for a new awareness program.
In April Phoenix Police Chief Marty Nerber implemented the Cops Helping Our Own Seniors in Emergencies (CHOOSE) program as a way for seniors in the community to become closer to the members of his force.
“It’s a way for us to be sure they’re in good health and not in trouble,” the chief said. “We sign them up and they disclose as much or as little personal information as they want.”
This can include names and contact information for family in the event of an emergency, the license plate number of their car, any medications they take and even a current photo.
Administered by the department’s newly recruited Officer Cassie Neary, seniors or their family can contact the Phoenix Police Department to enroll.
Then, as often as the senior or their family requests, Neary or a member of the Phoenix PD will check in on him or her to be sure everything is OK.
Nerber also believes this kind of contact will make it easier for seniors to make contact with authorities if the need arises.
“We’ll be able to come take a look if they feel something just doesn’t feel right,” Nerber added.
He said there have been instances in the past where the police are called in for an emergency, but had no idea who to even contact on behalf of the senior.
With enough participation, CHOOSE will put an end to that scenario.
To raise awareness and support of the new program, the police department is hosting a free 3-on-3 basketball tournament that will be held at the end of State Street on Saturday (Aug. 16) from 10 a.m. – end of play.
All members of the community are invited to join the village PD in a coed 3-on-3 basketball tourney to support the senior support program.
Participation in the basketball tournament is free of charge to any team interested.
There will be two competitive brackets: 12-17 years old and 18 year old and above.
Registration is easy: either stop by the Phoenix Town Clerk’s office, or email [email protected] with your team name, your name, the players on your team and a contact number.
For every team that emails and registers from now until game day they will be able to win a chance for a free pizza and 10 wings courtesy of Bombadil’s Tavern in Phoenix.
Fun for the whole family includes local vendors, food, games for kids and door prizes. Music by Sanes Family Entertainment, team T-shirts available for as low as $4 at Graphics Warehouse
The Phoenix PD extends special thanks to the local businesses that have supported the event including State Street Cafe, Duskees Sports Bar & Grill, Larkin’s Restaurant, Henderson’s Dairy, Bombadil’s Bar, Chesnut Event Services, Phoenix Sports Restaurant, Graphics Warehouse and The Medicine Place.