From Staff Reports

Prosper’s Police Department is hosting an open house at the department’s administrative offices, 101 S. Main St., adjacent to Town Hall on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to Officer Marty

Nevil.

"As part of National Police Week, our officers will be welcoming the community to our home, instead of the

other way around. It’s our way of connecting with the people we are sworn to serve and protect," she said.

National Police Week is a time when the country pauses to honor the work being accomplished on a day-to-day basis by the men and women of police forces nationwide. In Prosper, Mayor Ray Smith and the Town Council issued a proclamation declaring the Town’s commemoration of the week.

The free open house will include a number of activities designed to provide fun for every member of the family, including entertainment and snacks.

"We’ll have a DJ providing some music and making various announcements throughout the open house.

Perhaps most importantly, every member of the family will get a chance to meet and get to know the members of the force. We don’t want an emergency to be the first time residents interact with officers," she added.

At 11:30 a.m., attendees will be asked to participate in a solemn tribute to fallen officers. Since its inception in May of 2001, The Prosper Police Department has not experienced any on-duty fatalities. The Fallen Officer Tribute recognizes fallen officers nationwide.

Educational exhibits, information booths and a fictitious jail will be set up for browsing and pretend

incarcerations. Also planned are free face-painting, snow cones and popcorn.

"It’ll be a fun event with things to do, learn and participate in. Our intent is to have the larger Prosper family

come and meet their police officers in a friendly, welcoming environment. This open house builds on neighborhood events like National Night Out in strengthening the spirit of community in the Town of Prosper. That’s really what keeps a community safe; people knowing their neighbors and having a strong sense of pride in their community," concluded Nevil.

Sponsorships are available for area businesses. Interested vendors may contact Officer Nevil at (972) 347-9002 or via e-mail at Marty_Nevil@prospertx.gov.