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Kifowit and Aurora Police Dept. Address Public Safety Concerns at Thursday’s Roundtable Discussion

PHOTO: State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit (center) and Officer Matthew Bonnie (center-left) talk with area residents at her Neighborhood Safety Discussion.
PHOTO: State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit (center) and Officer Matthew Bonnie (center-left) talk with area residents at her Neighborhood Safety Discussion.

AURORA, Ill. – On Thursday, state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Aurora, joined Officers Matthew Bonnie and Mike Townsend of the Aurora Police Department (APD) for a discussion with area families on neighborhood safety issues at the Eola Branch of the Aurora Public Library. Over 40 attendees filled the room to discuss significant issues including burglary, community crime prevention, back-to-school safety, and public safety initiatives.

“This event is a great example of collaboration between local officials and neighborhood groups to address key issues that affect the entire community,” Kifowit said. “Thank you to Officer Bonnie and Officer Townsend for providing an informative public safety presentation and addressing the concerns of area residents and home owners associations. I will continue to work both locally and legislatively to boost the overall safety of our community.”

The audience featured representation from across the 84th District, including neighborhood groups Taking Back Our Community, the Georgetown Relief Efforts Neighborhood Organization, and the Neighborhood Organization of Southeast Aurora. Residents from neighborhoods in Aurora such as Oakhurst, Georgetown, and Hometown, even individuals from Oswego and Aurora Township, all joined in the discussion.

Officer Matthew Bonnie and Officer Mike Townsend serve on the Aurora Police Department’s Community Oriented Policing Unit, which engages the community with public safety initiatives and presentations that encourage citizen involvement, promote awareness, and help combat crime in our neighborhoods.

“The APD takes advantage of every opportunity to educate the public and answer any questions that area residents have about preventing crime in the City of Aurora,” Officer Bonnie said. “When we get feedback from the community and have opportunities to partner with officials like Rep. Kifowit, it helps make the APD a more responsive and effective law enforcement agency.”

Kifowit represents the 84th District, which includes portions of Aurora, Boulder Hill, Montgomery, Naperville and Oswego. For more information, please contact Rep. Kifowit at her constituent service office at 630-585-1308, email her at Stephanie.Kifowit@att.net or visit her website at www.ILDistrict84.com

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