Community Policing Day

policingday_960460378Community Policing Day 2012 was a great success with hundreds of visitors. Read what happened, watch the video, and see photos in the gallery.

On Saturday April 21 hundreds of citizens from Plymouth and beyond attended the first annual "Community Policing Day" at Plymouth Public Library. Our rapidly changing world has presented new challenges for law enforcement. To meet these new challenges, Chief Michael Botieri has been changing the way the department operates by implementing improved training techniques, acquiring new technology, and creating new units.

Those fortunate enough to attend the event enjoyed live demonstrations by several of the department's new units. The audience applauded enthusiastically as K9 "Kaiser" chased down and apprehended Officer Marc Higgins who was wearing a bite suit. K9 Shirley demonstrated her amazing ability to detect even a tiny trace of illegal drugs. The Motorcycle Unit showed how skillfully officers can maneuver their motorcycles through a course of tightly spaced traffic cones. The Mounted Unit's horses were available for petting for a while before gently moving around the area.

The police department's new Marine Unit's Safe Boat "Marine One" was on display and visitors were allowed to board and inspect it inside and out. The Regional Response Team opened their Bearcat Armored SWAT vehicle used for dangerous tactical situations for inspection. SWAT team members displayed their weapons and tools and autographed photos for kids. Detectives also fingerprinted children for their parents and the departments Emergency Response Truck loaded with ladders, ropes, and other equipment to deal with almost any situation.

Kids got to sit on motorcycles, sit in cruisers, turn on the blue lights an hit the siren all while popular music was played by a DJ and piped through large speakers.

The Community Policing Day was sponsored by the Plymouth Police Department Ranking Officer’s Association. The Plymouth Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association members cooked up tasty free hot dogs and hamburgers over an open fire and provided cold drinks throughout the day. There were prizes, free Tee shirts, Program Books, and Plymouth Police memorabilia available. Officers and Citizens Alumni members volunteered their time while off -duty to make this event a huge success which the department hopes to do again next year.

It was fun, exciting, and people left with a whole new appreciation and respect for their police officers and the difficult job they do every day. If you missed it this year, there is a 10 minute video of what you missed, but there is nothing like really being there and we hope to see you next year. You can also see photos of the event in the Photo Gallery.

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