Above / Pictured on the cover of the 2023-2024 Naperville Police Department Crime Prevention Calendar at the Jaycees Playground are NPD K9 Officers. From left are Officer Hammer and Dax, Officer Konow and Rocco, Officer Buckley and Jill, and Detective Susnis and Riggs. Also pictured are students from Brookdale (School District 204) and Ellsworth (School District 203).
On October 10, 2023, Naperville Mayor Scott Wehrli and Naperville Police Chief Jason Arres hosted a recognition ceremony in Council Chambers to honor more than 50 young artists who contributed valuable safety messages with illustrations to the 2023-2024 Naperville Police Department Crime Prevention Calendar.
This year’s calendar cover photo by Jo Lundeen portrays students along with Naperville Police Department’s K9 officers enjoying a sun-filled afternoon at the Jaycees Playground along Naperville’s iconic Riverwalk. Originally built in 1990 and then renovated in 2019, this ADA-accessible playground was constructed to provide inclusive, creative play for children of all abilities.
With much gratitude, Mayor Wehrli recognized the longevity of commitment to create the crime prevention calendar. “For the past 37 years, the Naperville Police Department has been producing a crime prevention calendar, and it has become an important tradition in our city.”
While expressing gratitude to the students and the NPD, the mayor noted their “efforts have helped to maintain Naperville’s reputation as one of the safest cities in the U.S.
Police Chief Arres said the calendar is a time-honored collaboration showcasing the unity of the Naperville community and “our shared efforts to keep our city one of the safest in which to raise a family.”
As noted on the calendar, “These talented students are both artists and ambassadors of important crime prevention messages,” said Chief Arres. “Their artwork demonstrates that even our youngest residents understand the importance of sharing reminders and working together to keep our community safe.”
Arres reminded the audience of students and adults, “If you see something, say something. Call 9-1-1.”
More than 50 student artists received Achievement Awards
Achievement Awards were presented to more than 50 young students for their “outstanding contributions to the 2023-2024 Crime Prevention Calendar.”
The student artists represented School District 203, School District 204 and five local private schools.
Do you know A Safer Naper #9PM Routine?
- Remove valuables from vehicle.
- Lock vehicle doors.
- Close overhead garage door.
- Close and lock all exterior doors.
- Turn on outside light.