The Safety Town model was founded by police officer, Frend Boals in 1937 in Mansfield, Ohio, and expanded and updated by Dorothy Chlad in 1964 as a comprehensive education program. Safety Towns are replica towns created to educate children about safety issues in their communities.
According to the National Safety Town Center, there are approximately 3,500 Safety Towns around the United States. Here in Ohio, most of the Safety Towns are in Cleveland, Ohio and are run by either the city or run by the local law enforcement. Here in Cincinnati, there is one known Safety Town, which is in Springdale, Ohio and run by the Greater Cincinnati Safety Council; this Safety Town is currently being run at the Tri-County Mall.
Our vision is to have our own, free standing safety town here in Clermont County. After all, safety is essential, and we want to ensure that there are programs in our community which share that promise.