The Naperville Woman’s Club will host a special program, “Personal Safety: Becoming a Tough Target,” at 10AM, Wed., Aug. 1. Mary Browning, a Crime Prevention/Community Education Specialist with the Naperville Police Department, will be the featured speaker.
The program will address how to stay safe in various situations including on the street, in parking lots, and in elevators. The main goal of the presentation is to educate individuals on how to become “tough targets” so that the chances of becoming a victim of a crime are reduced.
Browning is a certified Crime Prevention Specialist and has been with the Naperville Police Department for nearly eight years. Within that time frame she has educated thousands of residents on numerous safety topics. She spends the majority of her time in School District 203 talking with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders on how to be safe when home alone, on the Internet, and in emergencies.
In addition to her work with students, Browning also is involved with special events within the City that promote safety, such as Naperville’s Public Safety Open House the first Saturday every October. She was the recipient of the Illinois Crime Prevention Association’s Crime Prevention Officer of the Year Award in 2011 and most recently was awarded a Chief’s Commendation for her Crime Prevention efforts.
The meeting will be held at the NWC Club House, known as the ” Old Stone Church,” located at 14 S. Washington. For more information about the philanthropic organization, regular meetings, activities and its membership, visit www.napervillewomansclub.com.
Editor’s Note: The Century Walk sculpture of the nation’s most-recognized crime fighter Dick Tracy checking his 2-way wrist radio watch, is used symbolically throughout this publication to remind readers of times to pay attention, remember the CrimeStoppers phone number (630) 420-6006, and that “If you see something, say something” for public safety. The full figure of the 9′ sculpture, designed by Naperville resident Dick Locher, is located by the Moser Covered Bridge along the Riverwalk near the Naperville Township Building. Locher, a Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune also until retirement in 2011 had a career as the nationally syndicated cartoonist who drew Dick Tracy for 28 years .