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Community Outreach

Bike Rodeo #424

Outreach can be defined as reaching out to others, or becoming involved in a community or effort. The Codes Enforcement department participates in outreach to our community in many different ways. Bike rodeos (bicycle safety & awareness courses) poison control information, animal bite prevention, pet care, senior assistance with yard maintenance and LIBBY visits are some ways we do that. Our goal is to keep our community safe & healthy.

BIKE RODEOS

New Bikes

August 2016, we received all new equipment to conduct our bicycle safety programs (Bike Rodeos). We conduct an average of 26 bike rodeos each year when LCPD’s Mobile Operations Center is activated for community engagement, at various grade school functions throughout the year and during the annual National Night Out event. The bike rodeos teach children how to safely ride bicycles and how to perform safety checks on their bicycles.

If your group or organization would like to invite Codes to speak or conduct a Bike Rodeo, please contact Officer Randy De La O #451 at (575)528-4100 or email to Bike Rodeos

GOLDEN SHIELD YARD ASSISTANCE

Golden Shield Yard Assistance

Partnered with the Senior Programs, Codes offers assistance for seniors in our community with light yard maintenance. This program is designed to assist seniors that own a residence and currently lives there and requires maintaining the yard with overgrown vegetation, weeds and trash. The actual labor is provided by volunteers such as church groups, school organizations, Juvenile Citation Program, JCC, Juvenile Drug Court. We also utilize those that are court ordered to complete Community Service from the local courts. All community service provided is monitored by Codes Officers.

Criteria for receiving assistance

  1. Must be 60+ years of age
  2. Currently own the residence they reside
  3. Own only one (1) residence
  4. Reside in the City limits
  5. Have some mental or physical disability

A Yard Assistance Referral will need to be completed. A Codes officer would conduct a small interview to determine the criteria along with accessing the work required. Once it is determined that the requester meets the criteria, the property is assessed to determine the type of work is required, amount of volunteers needed as well as any special equipment needed. The applicant is then placed on a re-occurring list to receive the assistance. The list is generally on a rotation although amount of volunteers and work required helps determine the order of competition.

To request more information about this program, please contact Jesus Aguirre #448 at (575)528-4100 or email to Senior Yard Assistance

POISON CONTROL

Poison Control NNO 2016

­The Codes department also performs other type of outreach as well. Such as teaching area youth and adults about household poisons, chemicals and dangerous plants in our community. You may find these information booths all around town such as the Farmer's Market, Bike Rodeos and schools. Information given may include but not limited to the following;

Information about different medications and how some look like candy are given at our local schools discussing the dangers of consuming something that you aren't sure what it is. (see below) How to contact Poison Control is important and that information is given as well.

Look-A-Likes

Information about the recent threat of the Zika Virus is also distributed. Information reference how to avoid the virus, what to watch for and how to prevent the spread of the virus. Click here for more information reference mosquito control.

For information how to have Codes Enforcement present this information to your group or organization, please contact Officer Chris Bigelow #447 at (575) 528-4100 or email at Poison Control.

LIBBY

Libby

Hello! My name is Libby. My name stands for Las Cruces Is Beautiful Because of You!

I am a female yellow Labrador and I work for the Las Cruces Codes Enforcement.

I like riding around with my handler and visiting schools and attending other community events teaching kids & teens about recycling.

I am very playful but I also know when it's time to get down to business and keep Las Cruces looking beautiful.

I'm very friendly and would like for you to join me to keep Las Cruces beautiful!

If you would like for me to come visit with you and your group, school or organization,

please give my handler, Javier Ontiveros #425 a call at (575) 528-4100 or send an email to Libby.

Animal Control

The Animal Control department also reaches out to our community. For more information on how they do that please click here.