Pleasantville Police Chief/City Manager Joe Mrstik was recently interviewed by the Journal-Express. Here's what was discussed.
Emergency school response plans
The Pleasantville Police Department is continuing to revamp its emergency response plans with local schools. Mrstik attended a Homeland Security educational event last year, in which he said he learned a great deal.
Pleasantville Schools have had a plan in place for years, but it may be tweaked. Mrstik said he wants to be sure that the plan is implemented the right way, and that as many plans are in place as possible in case something happens. Mrstik knows that Pleasantville Schools want to work with local law enforcement regarding many issues.
The PPD plans to reach out further to schools, by teaching the students about what they can do to protect themselves in any situation. Mrstik said it is important for the department to reach out to the students to build trust. He is glad that Pleasantville's schools are close together to make emergency responses to situations such as a tornado or some other disaster, easier.
Pleasantville Pig Out
Planning for the third annual Pleasantville Pig Out has already begun. The event will be held the first week of June, and Mrstik is encouraging vendors who want to be part of the event to contact him or Mayor Jason Anthony.
Already planned for the Pig Out is the car show and barbecue contest. Mrstik wants it to remain downtown, to showcase local businesses.
The success of the event the past two years is due to the volunteerism displayed by the community. Mrstik said a lot of time and planning goes into the Pig Out, and he hopes for good weather and a good time for all who visit. Look for more on the Pig Out as the event draws nearer.