Our Annual Police Services Day began in 2012 and was a great success with hundreds of visitors. Read what happens, watch the video, and see photos in the gallery.
Every spring hundreds of citizens from Plymouth and beyond attend our annual “Police Services Day” at Plymouth Public Library. Our rapidly changing world has presents 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 these events enjoy live demonstrations by several of the department’s units. The audience applauds enthusiastically as a police K9 Felix chases down and apprehends an Officer wearing a bite suit. K9 Max demonstrates his amazing ability to detect even a tiny trace of illegal drugs. The Mounted Unit’s horses were available for petting for a while before gently moving around the area. Kids get to sit in cruisers, turn on the blue lights an hit the siren all while popular music is played by a DJ and piped through large speakers.
The police department’ Marine Unit’s Safe Boat “Marine One” is on display and visitors are allowed to board and inspect it inside and out. The Regional Response Team opens their Bearcat Armored SWAT vehicle used for dangerous tactical situations for inspection. SWAT team members display their weapons and tools and autograph photos for kids. Detectives also fingerprint children for their parents and the department’s Emergency Response Truck loaded with ladders, ropes, and other equipment to deal with almost any situation.
Police Services Days are sponsored by the Plymouth Police Department Ranking Officer’s Association. The Plymouth Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association members cook up tasty free hot dogs and hamburgers over an open fire and provide cold drinks throughout the day. There are prizes, free Tee shirts, Program Books, and Plymouth Police memorabilia available. Officers and Citizens Alumni members volunteer their time while off-duty to make this event a huge success.
It is fun, exciting, and people leave with a whole new appreciation and respect for their police officers and the difficult job they do every day. If you missed the last one, we hope to see you next year.