We'd love to see you in the Brent Warner Fest Hall at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Aug. 27.

We'd love to see you in the Brent Warner Fest Hall at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Aug. 27.

It is our next monthly meeting with Columbus police officers and promises to be one of our very best meetings because Officer James Turnstill will be presenting and demonstrating what your actions should be in a number of threatening situations.

Meeting leader Jerry Glick said Turnstill was at the June lunch meeting and participants learned some very valuable information about how to confront a threat with a clear cut plan to maximize personal safety.

Police are offering the workshop again at an evening meeting, because so many more of you would be available to attend -- so please do.

Dinner for the officers is sponsored by German Village Insurance.

Tonight's event comes on the heels of German Village's first participation in National Night Out Aug. 4.

That event was a huge success. About 30 volunteers coordinated by John Kuijper fanned out across the neighborhood to distribute 800 door hangers and talk to neighbors about easy steps we can all take to prevent crime.

Volunteers visiting their neighbors sparked great conversations about simple community safety ideas: keeping porch lights on from dusk till dawn; keeping an eye out for their neighbors; becoming attuned to the dynamics of the neighborhood; reminding folks if they see something, say something.

Safety improvements were the No. 2 priority identified by stakeholders in the German Village Society's new strategic plan.

Of 268 responses to the strategic planning survey question "What would you like to improve abut German Village?" there were 43 responses citing safety.

One survey-taker said: "Nuisance crimes are out of control. Garage and car break-ins are beyond an annoyance."

In response, I asked everyone to show up to our last evening police event in March to learn more about how we can take action as a neighborhood.

More than 75 of you did. From that group, more than a dozen people created a new safety committee to look at what more neighbors can do together to improve safety.

One conclusion the Strategic Planning Task Force recognized over the course of its research was the success of projects over the decades that have one or more dedicated champions.

Think about the gardens, Village Connections, Oral Histories, or signs.

Each has proceeded with very light input from the German Village Society Board or staff and has been driven by the interest of dedicated volunteers.

On safety, Kuijper now joins Glick and 30 other new faces to lead and truly champion this high-ranking priority for quality of life.

Want your ideas for safety to be part of the process?

Bring those ideas to tonight's police meeting so the safety committee can begin to think about next steps.

German Village Society Executive Director Shiloh Todorov submitted the Village Notebook column.