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PHOTO BY SUSIE HOVATER MALONE - The GFWC Book Lovers Study Club April meeting centers on living the volunteer spirit and celebrating policemen as everyday heroes.

Celebrate policemen as everyday superheroes 

BY SUSIE HOVATER MALONE
Lifestyles Columnist

Men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line every day. Some days may be uneventful, while other days are full of danger. Their dedication to the job may lead to performing great acts of heroism. It’s a profession that requires continued training and preparation.

The GFWC Book Lovers Study Club April meeting, held at the Russellville Police Department, centered on living the volunteer spirit and celebrating policemen as everyday heroes. Club members were given a tour of the police department. In show of their appreciation for RPD’s dedication, club members gave goodie bags to each member of the department.

Chris Hargett, chief of police, presented the program. He has been with the police department almost 17 years and served in the sheriff’s office for 14 years. The RPD is made up of approximately 34 personnel, including sworn officers and non-sworn personnel such as dispatchers.

Police officers are known as superheroes. They settle disputes, protect the community, and are looked up to as being a safe person to go to. Hargett shared crime statistics, reporting that from January 1 through February 13, there were 3,927 service calls made and approximately 1,027 traffic citations issued. He also mentioned a few unsolved cases that were still under investigation.

When members asked the chief what some of the biggest problems are, he cited the mover over law for auto drivers on a four-lane, shoplifting, worsening homelessness and drugs, among others. 

Some members suggested the need to provide sidewalks for safety around the Russellville City Schools for students and other pedestrians, as well as sidewalks behind Walmart where pedestrians walk and ride bikes, motorized wheelchairs and other forms of transportation.

Final plans for the spring fundraiser—Mother’s Day Gift Basket—were discussed. Joshlyn Bowen, chairman, reported that almost $1,000 had been donated for the Mother’s Day Basket, noting several tickets had been sold. The drawing was held on Monday, May 1 at 3:30 p.m. at the Russellville Public Library. 

April observations included Celebrating Federation Day; Earth Day; National Library Week; and National Financial Literacy Month.

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