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Police Chief's Corner - Newsletter
July 2017

Community Policing and Children: Summer Time 'Cupcake Citation' Program

Effective: July 3rd through August 7, 2017

The Bunnell Police Department has teamed up with a local business owner, Theresa Tazwell, owner of Cupcake Café, to seek out all good kids in our neighborhoods. Our Officers will issue a Cupcake Citation good for one free cupcake to all kids observed doing the right thing. The “Recipe for a Citation” is detailed on the citation:

Chief's CornerBe Respectful
Chief's CornerBe Honest
Chief's CornerBe Responsible
Chief's CornerBe Grateful
Chief's CornerBe Kind

This program gets the Officers out of their vehicles and encourages the following:

Chief's CornerPromotes a positive one-on-one experience with a police officer.
Chief's CornerThe kids see officers as friends and mentors.
Chief's CornerHelp build bridges of trust, understanding and civic responsibility.
Chief's CornerAnd is an investment in our community.

Our Police Department advocates, "Building community relationships through integrity, trust and communication" and the Cup Cake Citation initiative will help build relationships in a positive setting.

Chief Foster and the Theresa Tazwell owner of the Cupcake Cafe Chief Tom Foster and Theresa Tazwell, owner of Cupcake Café

Summer Time Safety Tips

As summertime reaches its peak so does household property crime. The Bunnell Police Department and the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) are here to provide you and your loved ones with important safety tips to make your summer safe and enjoyable.

Summer Fun

Home Safety Tips:

Chief's CornerBe aware of what’s happening in the neighborhood.
Chief's CornerLock your doors, including the garage door. Unlocked doors are open invitations to intruders.
Chief's CornerAsk a trusted family member, friend, or neighbor to keep a watchful eye on your home or have your mail held at the local post office until your return.
Chief's CornerPut lights on timers to give the impression that someone is home.
Chief's CornerDon’t post on social media that you are leaving town, and wait post photos after you return from your trip.

Vacation Tips:

Chief's CornerLock your room and remember not to give out your room number or invite strangers into your hotel room.
Chief's CornerBe friendly but be vigilant. Watch for and report any suspicious behavior.
Chief's CornerPlan your route – stay within well-traveled routes and walk in groups. There’s safety in numbers.
Chief's CornerKeep your belongings secure - Purses should be securely closed, backpacks are zipped, and wallets are kept in your front pocket. When dining in restaurants do not hang your purse or backpack on the back of your chair.

These prevention tips are simple steps to avoiding summertime crime. If you would like more information, please visit

Have a safe summer; it is our honor to protect and to serve you.

IRS Launches "Don't Take the Bait" Series Against Phishing Epidemic

Amid rising phishing (pronounced fishing) attacks, the Internal Revenue Service is starting a campaign advising tax professionals to increase their computer security. To read the IRS press Release, click here.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), part of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued a number of Security Tips for Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks. Click here to read more.