Monday -Thursday: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Safety Ambassadors are on the streets six days per week, providing public safety and helpful information. They work with street level businesses, provide information to visitors, workers and residents as well as report on potential and actual emergencies that require police, fire or EMS resources
Safety Ambassadors increase the number of eyes and ears that can focus on deterring unwanted behaviors such as loitering, panhandling, public intoxication and other quality of life issues.
Safety Ambassadors are highly trained in first aid, safety/police procedures, conflict management and customer relations. They perform functions such as walking and bicycle patrols, public relations checks in Downtown businesses, act as safety escorts, answer questions about transit and other Downtown amenities, share information with visitors and provide event support.
New communications such as publications, press releases and emails, convey safety messages to Downtown visitors and businesses on topics such as panhandling, personal safety and other emerging issues. DAP staff analyze the safety needs and concerns of different Downtown users and design creative ways to reach each market with critical safety information.
Block Watch meetings are held periodically to involve Downtown businesses, employees and residents in their own safety. Our safety team works with the Akron Police Department to highlight safety issues of interest to the Downtown community. For more information on previous or upcoming Block Watch meetings, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent Block Watch Meeting topics include panhandling, identity theft, the county’s reverse 911 system, the county bomb squad, and the new Metro Transit Center.
An e-mail alert system keeps downtown stakeholders informed. Traffic advisories, breaking news and crime watch reports are sent out as needed to business and property owners, and other who subscribe to the alerts. E-mail email@example.com to be included in this e-mail alert system.
More than 20 Downtown locations have indicated they have AEDs. An automated external defibrillator (AED)is used in cases of life threatening cardiac arrhythmias whichlead to cardiac arrest. A combination of CPR and defibrillation can increase the rate of survival. For every minute that a person in cardiac arrest goes without being successfully treated (by defibrillation), the chance of survival decreases by 7 percent per minute in the first 3 minutes, and decreases by 10 percent per minute as time advances beyond 3 minutes.