Broken Arrow PD hosts block party for Camino Villa mobile home community
By John Dobberstein, Editor
The Broken Arrow Police Department and 25 more vendors hosted a block part for the Camino Villa mobile home park Saturday as a show of support for the community.
Camino Villa residents have been dealing with an uptick in violent this year, and it was also the site of a tragic fire that claimed the lives of three people.
The Broken Arrow Fire Department visited the neighborhood to offer smoke detectors for those who needed them. In April, Broken Arrow police partnered with the City of Broken Arrow and area churches to hold a successful trash cleanup, which resulted in 30 tons of trash getting removed.
Through this partnership, the police department has been making some positive strides and improving trust levels with the residents, said BAPD Chief Brandon Berryhill. He noted the goal of the party was to bring together citizens and provide an opportunity for meaningful conversation and fellowship. Broken Arrow Mayor Debra Wimpee also attended and spoke to the attendees about the need for Broken Arrow "grow as one together."
BAPD partnered with Supermercados Morelos, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Sprouts Farmers Market, QuikTrip and many other sponsors to provide free food, live music, giveaways and activities. The Tulsa County Sheriff's Department and Broken Arrow Fire Department also attended.
BAPD Community Outreach Coordinator Ethan Hutchins took the lead on organizing the event.