Five things to know this Wednesday morning:
1.) Gangs Out of Downey is hosting a Public Safety Forum tonight at the Barbara J. Riley Center, starting at 6:30 p.m.
A panel of expert speakers will engage in conversation about crime trends in Downey. Some of the panelists include representatives from the Downey Police Department, Downey Unified School District and L.A. County Probation, along with other community leaders who lend a hand in keeping Downey safe.
Mark McDaniel, president of GOOD and a lieutenant with Downey PD, will moderate.
2.) DUSD Superintendent Dr. John Garcia will host his first "Coffee with the Superintendent" of the new school year at 6:30 p.m. tonight at school district headquarters, 11627 Brookshire Ave.
It's an opportunity to share your ideas, thoughts or concerns directly with the man in charge of Downey schools.
3.) All items were approved at last night's City Council meeting, including the proposed civilian volunteer program within the Downey Police Department.
Volunteers will be unarmed and are not authorized to take enforcement actions, said Capt. Stephen Garza of the Downey Police Department.
Total cost to get the program off the ground is about $66,000, which will be used to purchase two new patrol vehicles. Two patrol cars will be taken out of service, repainted and re-purposed for use by the civilian patrol.
4.) A Downey woman is raising money to bury her infant daughter, who died yesterday during a planned open heart surgery.