The annual Community Safety Initiative event was held at Frontier Park on Saturday, May 13. The event is an opportunity for residents to interact with members of the Prosper Police Department in a fun and casual setting. The event also served as a kickoff for National Police Week.
Assistant Police Chief Gary McHone said in an email how important this event is to Prosper PD.
“This has been a long-standing event that we feel is of the utmost importance to both community and the police department,” McHone said. “And it is an opportunity for us to get to know new residents, as well as reconnect with folks that we have known for years and to continue to solidify the outstanding partnership that we have with our community.”
In addition to the many firetrucks and police vehicles that lined the entrance to the park, a large custom truck with “Back The Blue” graphics greeted visitors. Michael Bahrenburg, owner of the truck, explained the backstory of the project.
“We did it the week after the Dallas shooting,” Bahrenburg said. “Our companies are based out of Dallas and we thought it would be a good way to show our support. It turned out really good. We got a lot of positive feedback from it. So we are actually turning our custom vehicle company into a nonprofit. We are going to do fundraisers for military first responders.”
He said he plans to have the nonprofit, called Mega Mods Foundation, up and running later this year.
“We are going to build custom cars and then auction them off instead of just asking for money for the foundation,” he said. “All of the cars will be completely custom.”
A DJ kept the atmosphere of the event lively as residents were able to interact with officers and visit sponsored booths. Many families milled about, snapping pictures, eating and generally enjoying the weather. One Prosper Police officer and his wife explained what the event means to them.
“It’s about the community showing support for law enforcement,” officer Anthony Pospick said. “We really appreciate that.”
“As the wife of an officer I really appreciate any support and anything that helps keep them safe while they’re out keeping our community safe,” Kristina Pospick said. “It’s a joint effort so it’s really important to me. We moved to Prosper in order to get that sense of community.”