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Staffordshire Police opens its doors for family fun day

Staffordshire Police’s famous rescue working dog, Police Dog Cooper and his canine colleagues will be in attendance for a meet & greet, along with a host of other opportunities on offer at this year’s annual Open Day on Sunday 3 June.

Held at their headquarters on Weston Road, Stafford, between 11 am and 4 pm, the Open Day promises to be a fun and informative day for all the family. The day will give people the chance to see how the police work and to meet the officers and staff who police communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said: “I’m really looking forward to opening our doors to the public on 3 June to give them a taste of what we do. Our Open Day is something we look forward to every year as we believe that police forces work better when they have a positive relationship with the public they serve. I hope this annual event helps to build trust and offers reassurance about the quality service we provide. There will be lots of officers, of both the human and dog variety, for you to meet and grab a selfie with, so please bring your family down and have a fun and informative day with us.”

There will be hourly demonstrations showing fascinating and exciting elements of policing including:

  • Joint service demonstrations with local fire and ambulance services, showing how they work together to rescue people trapped in cars.
  • A chance to see how trained police dogs search for drugs and guns and catch the baddies.
  • No door is a barrier to the fighting of crime. Using a variety of techniques, including our newest addition – the chainsaw, officers will demonstrate how we rapidly get past any door.
  • Lots of other live police activities including public order demonstrations, police car experience, forensic science stalls, dress up stands, wildlife police and stalls from local community agencies who support local crime initiatives and victims of crime will be there for you to enjoy too.

Event organiser Chief Inspector Tony Lungrin added: “Last year’s Open Day saw over 10,000 people turn up and we expect even more in our fifth year. My team have been meticulously planning the event to offer lots of exciting activities whilst not disrupting our ability to police the county of Staffordshire 24/7. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your local policing team, so I’d encourage everyone to come and visit us and have a great day out.”

More info, including a map, timetable and parking details, are available at www.staffordshire.police.uk/openday and you can follow updates and ask questions using the hashtag #openday.

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