The foundation for New Lenox Safe Communities America started in November 2008 when New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann and the Village Board decided to seek designation as a "Safe Community" through the National Safety Council and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion. The Safe Communities America designation is awarded to communities that demonstrate leadership in promoting safety, reducing injuries, and preparing their citizens for natural and man-made disasters.
The New Lenox Village Board passed a Resolution which signified its commitment to utilizing a collaborative approach to promoting safety within the community and its commitment to joining the International Safe Communities Network. The New Lenox Safe Communities America Coalition was established and became the organization responsible for identifying injury prevention priorities, safety promotion, preparedness activities and assessment of these efforts within the community.
The New Lenox Safe Communities America Coalition worked throughout 2009 and into 2010 to satisfy the various "Indicators" outlined in the Safe Communities America Application for Accreditation. Following a successful On-Site Assessment, the Village of New Lenox was accredited as a "Safe Community" by the National Safety Council and the WHO Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion on April 27, 2010. New Lenox was the 9th community in the United States to receive this prestigious designation. The Village of New Lenox was re-accredited as a Safe Community on June 1, 2016.
The New Lenox Safe Communities America Coalition typically meets the last Wednesday of the month at 10:30am in the Community Room at the Village Hall. For additional information, contact Daniel Martin, Safe Community Coordinator, Village of New Lenox (815) 462-6493 or via email at email@example.com. Be sure to visit the New Lenox Safe Communities America Facebook Page too!