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G.A.I.N. event planning session a must for neighborhoods

September 1st, 2021 development
G.A.I.N. event planning session a must for neighborhoods

By the City of Chandler

G.A.I.N. – Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods – is a statewide annual event supported by the Chandler Police and Neighborhood Resources departments that encourages people to become engaged with their local communities through safety and celebration.

“G.A.I.N. is an opportunity for our police department to strengthen community partnerships while promoting neighborhood camaraderie. This annual event allows both officers and residents to connect with one another in a fun, friendly and informal setting,” said Chandler Police Lt. Jason Sieczkowski.

The 2021 G.A.I.N. is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16. Chandler residents are encouraged to organize events in their neighborhoods. The hours are from 3-8 p.m. Events should happen within this time frame and be at least two hours in length.

G.A.I.N. shows support for those involved in the fight against crime, from the police department to informed neighbors. It is a way to increase awareness of crime prevention and gather support and awareness of local anti-crime programs.

It helps neighbors get to know each other and the police serving their area, which creates a positive sense of community. And, just as important, it’s a time for neighbors to gather and have fun.

Over the years, many neighborhoods have had themed parties, from fall festivals to movie nights.

G.A.I.N. provides an opportunity for residents to meet Chandler police officers and learn about other City programs and resources. Chandler’s Mayor and Councilmembers will also travel to many of the parties to meet the neighborhoods and join the fun.

Active and involved neighborhoods build stronger communities,” said Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke. “G.A.I.N. is a great opportunity to foster community partnerships, empower community leaders and inspire others to get involved.”

In order to have officers attend your neighborhood event, one person representing your party must attend the G.A.I.N. Kick-Off event, which is being held from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Chandler Police Main Station Community Room, 250 E. Chicago St.

Participation in the kick-off event is important. During registration, participants will be assigned a number and then the Chandler Police Department will conduct a drawing. When your number is chosen, you can request

two police resources to stop by their party. These resources include K9 officers, a robot truck, McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog, a forensics van and other options.

Holding a G.A.I.N. event makes your neighborhood eligible for nomination in next year’s Mayor’s Neighborhood Excellence Awards.

Most neighborhood G.A.I.N. events are organized by established Neighborhood Watch groups, but anyone can participate, that includes mobile home or apartment communities and businesses.

If you have any questions about G.A.I.N., visit chandleraz.gov/GAIN, email G.A.I.N.Event@chandleraz.gov or call 480-782-4960.

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