Safe Halloween returns to Bronson Park on October 28

The City of Kalamazoo’s Parks and Recreation Department will host its 2017 Safe Halloween event Saturday, October 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo (200 South Rose Street).

This year’s event promises to be a great time for all, with activities such as pumpkin derby racing, a Rock on Ice pumpkin carving demonstration, face painting, pumpkin decorating, an inflatable bounce house, pumpkin bowling, sack races, individual and family costume contests, and much more! Attendees can also enjoy complementary donut holes and cider while supplies last, along with plenty of candy to fill Halloween bags.

Safe Halloween is a free event and although the activities are geared towards families with children, all community members are welcome.

“This is a great event that allows families to celebrate Halloween together and enjoy fall activities right in the heart of downtown,” said Sean Fletcher, Director of the City of Kalamazoo’s Parks & Recreation Department. “There will be something for everyone and more than enough candy to go around.”

For more information including costume contest rules and activity information, please visit the Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation website at or call (269) 337-8191.

Public Safety Application Period Opens October 4

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will be hiring additional Public Safety Officers beginning in May 2018. Applications may be submitted between October 4 through October 17, 2017 online ONLY here.

To be considered, applicants must be a U.S. citizen and have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent, a valid driver’s license, and be 21 years old at time of appointment (May 1, 2018). Applicants will also be required to pass a written and physical test, and an extensive background investigation. Applicants are not required to be MCOLES (Police) certified to apply.

Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers are cross trained as police officers, firefighters, and medical first responders. They respond to calls for police, fire, and medical emergencies, along with other duties.

Advancement/additional opportunities include Detective, Canine Handler, Community Policing Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Crime Lab Technician, SWAT Team, Bomb Squad, Honor Guard, and Command Officer.

Applicants do not need to have prior police or fire certifications to be considered; KDPS will sponsor them through the police academy and provide fire training if needed. A training wage may apply to those who need to attend the Police Academy. Additional benefits include a Spanish language hiring bonus, veteran on-the-job training education benefits and the federal direct student loan forgiveness program.

For those interested, candidates are encouraged to fill out a “Job Interest Card” available at which will send notification when the application process begins.
Information about KDPS is available at and questions can be submitted through the “Contact” link at the top of the Home Page.

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