Keeping East County Kids Safe

Which one of these would your child call a stranger?

Can your family identify the poisonous snake?


As a parent, nothing matters more than keeping our kids safe. And in La Mesa, there is an awesome program that helps teach children what to do if they find themselves in an unsafe situation.

Kidz Watch Academy is a free child safety program presented by the City of La Mesa Police Department that helps families understand the importance of being aware of their surroundings, how to identify dangerous people and potentially hazardous situations, how to handle a fire emergency, to be safe around water and how to avoid dangers in nature.

Kidz Watch was designed for children ages 6-11 AND their parents. It is a 6-class program involving professional lifeguards, fire fighters, park rangers and police. Kids get a behind-the-scenes tour of the La Mesa Police Department and jail, get to climb into a La Mesa fire truck, get to swim in the community pool, hike Mission Trails Regional Park and have fun while learning important safety skills.


The next Kidz Watch Academy begins on April 11th. Space is limited so don’t hesitate to register for this free program by filling out and returning the form below to the City of La Mesa Police Department, attention Claudia Ortega. 

Can’t make it to this spring’s Kidz Watch Academy? The Kroc Center offers a similar program in summer camp form called Police Academy. Campers partner with the City of La Mesa Police Department to learn the various aspects of law enforcement and the importance of citizenship. At week’s end, campers will be tasked with solving a fictional crime using learned procedures and protocols. For more information or to register for Kroc Police Academy Camp, visit


One thought on “Keeping East County Kids Safe

  1. Stacey says:

    Went to this based on your advice a few years ago – GREAT PROGRAM! We’ll go again when kid #2 is old enough. Thanks for sharing!

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