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The original item was published from 5/21/2013 11:51:06 AM to 6/22/2013 12:05:00 AM.

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City Marshal/Police

Posted on: May 21, 2013


Members from the DeFuniak Springs Police continue to work hard to protect and serve their community. It’s almost impossible to inform the public of every incident and all the duties performed by officers; however we do feel that the community needs a summary of what the police are doing for them when applicable. “Citizens and police working together and sound police tactics provide an enjoyable and safer community to live in” said Lieutenant Tilman Mears.

On May 9, 2013 DeFuniak Springs Police Lieutenant Tilman Mears was given the honor to present a “Women’s Safety Presentation” at the Walton County Health Department. The presentation was focused on the safety of women that work late by themselves.

On May 10, 2013 members from DeFuniak Springs Police joined with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in the “Operation Lifesaver”. Since 1972 Operation Lifesaver programs have augmented important engineering improvements and law enforcement efforts to produce a steady decline in injuries and fatalities at highway-rail grade crossings (an 83% decrease in incidents since the founding.) Yet with nearly 220,000 private and public crossings in use today, improving grade-crossing safety and maintaining those gains remains a constant challenge. In partnership with rail safety advocates in the railroad industry and at federal, state and local governments, “Operation Lifesaver” is dedicated to answering rising rail transportation demands with an equally powerful commitment using education to keep people safe around railroad-right-of-ways.

On May 11, 2013 members from the DeFuniak Springs Police participated in the annual “MAYDAY” festivities at WEE Care Park. The day was full of free entertainment for the whole family. “We can’t miss an opportunity to educate our citizens when it comes to safety” said Chief Mark A. Weeks.

On May 16, 2013 members from DeFuniak Springs Police participated along with other organizations at West DeFuniak Elementary School in “Safety and Career Day”. DeFuniak Springs Police special guest “Eddie the Eagle” made an appearance as well as providing them with gifts.

On May 22, 2013 members from the DeFuniak Springs Police are scheduled to host Safety Day at the First Christian Academy. Officers from the DeFuniak Springs Police along with other organizations will be onsite providing and fitting bicycle helmets on the children, as well as performing safety demonstrations.

In another effort to save lives in DeFuniak Springs Florida, DeFuniak Springs Police has once again joined forces with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and law enforcement leaders across the State of Florida to conduct a special high-visibility Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign. The Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign will buckle down on all motorists not buckling up. The National Click It or Ticket Campaign runs from May 20 thru June 2, 2013.

On May 25th, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., members from the DeFuniak Springs Police will be hosting their first “Safety Saturday Event”. The location will be in the parking lot of Tractor Supply, located at 931 U.S. Highway 331 South. The DeFuniak Springs Fire Department and others are scheduled to be on site.

“You are invited to be a part in making you and your child’s world a safer place in DeFuniak Springs. Safety Saturday’s goal is to create a free family-friendly event that promotes education and safety awareness” said City Marshal, Chief Mark A. Weeks, MS,

Lieutenant Tilman Mears
Criminal Investigations Division Commander

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