The Bloomington Communications Group supports the City with radio communications at events like SkyWarn, SummerFete, National Night Out, and River Rendezvous.
PUBLIC SAFETY EVENTS
The Bloomington Police Department is the home of one of three Skywarn Operations Centers in the metro area. We are on-call with the National Weather Service throughout the spring and summer; ready to staff the Operation Center when severe storms threaten. During severe weather, we collect weather reports from trained Skywarn Spotters and relay this information to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.
Summer Fete is Bloomington’s Independence Day celebration; celebrated on July 3rd. This event features good food which is available for purchase. The kids can enjoy a special play area which is on the corner of 84th and Normandale. There are also displays by the Bloomington Police and Fire departments. Bloomington Sister City organization and the City Council also have tents.
The BCG provides the Police Department with additional eyes, ears and feet at this event. By patroling the area with our portable radios, we are able to quickly communicate with emergency personnel if someone needs help.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Bloomington was a national award-winner for outstanding participation in last year’s National Night Out crime, drug and violence prevention program. Our city was recognized as the seventh-best in the nation among cities with populations from 50,000 to 99,999. More than 300 police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency communication volunteers visited the 350 neighborhood parties that registered in 2007.
National Night Out is designed to: 1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, 2) generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, 3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and 4) send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
This wonderful festival is a chance to experience living history at the Pond-Dakota Mission Park in Bloomington, Minnesota. Its goal is to demonstrate the lifestyles of people living in Minnesota between 1830 and 1870 through story-telling and interactive, hands-on demonstration!
This event is held annually in September. It is a favorite with the kids. Since many children attend this event, the BCG is on hand to help keep the kids safe.