CITY OF ONEIDA — The Oneida City Police Department will hold a street festival on June 1 to celebrate area law enforcement and first responders.
The newly announced Public Safety Day will also honor the police department’s 125th anniversary. “We really want to make it so that people can come out and see what services are there in the event of a small emergency or a major disaster,” said Inv. Mike Burgess.
Public Safety Day will be held across two blocks of Oneida Street, between the police station and the fire station, officials said. Both the police and fire stations will also have open houses for public tours. The event will feature demonstrations, activities, games for children, informational tables and more. There will also be a blood drive and a bone marrow drive at the event.
The investigator said they got the idea from the Rome Police Department’s annual Law Enforcement Day, which will be held in July this year.
“We saw what Rome was doing with their Law Enforcement Day, so I reached out,” Burgess said.
Wanting to expand on the law enforcement angle, Burgess said the Oneida Police decided to include more first responder agencies. Along with the Oneida Fire Department, Public Safety Day will also feature representatives from Homeland Security, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army Disaster Response and other local fire and
There will also be food trucks at the location, and local businesses will be invited to participate in the downtown activities.
The Relay for Life will also take place on the same day in a nearby location, Burgess said, so attendees of both can attend both events. The Relay for Life is also expected to have evening fireworks.
Burgess said the planning for the event has taken place over the past several months, and the Oneida Common Council approved those plans last week.
More information on the event is available at the department’s Facebook page, as well as a Facebook event page.