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May 16, 2006 > Police to open house for community

Police to open house for community

by Linda Stone

Held in conjunction with National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, the Newark Police Department invites community members to visit their open house scheduled for Saturday.

Among many events, the public will be able to witness demonstrations by the Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT). SWAT teams specialize in hostage rescues, terrorist attacks and other high-risk operations. Members train to high levels of proficiency in the use of submachine guns, grenades and more.

A big favorite from prior years will be back again, demonstrating their skills. The four-footed "officers" of the K-9 Unit are ready to show how they take down "suspects" clad in protective "bite-suits." Attendees will learn K-9 history and observe training techniques. Of course, that very special K-9, McGruff the Crime Dog, will be on hand with his own brand of crime-stopping tricks!

For those who would like to see the inner workings of a police station, tours will be conducted to various departments.

Police personnel, including patrol officers, sergeants, command staff, dispatchers, detectives and D.A.R.E. will be on hand to answer questions.  It will be a day full of fun activities for kids, both young and old.

"It's a great opportunity to come out and meet your police department," said Newark police Sgt. Andrew Bidou.

Police Department Open House
Saturday, May 20
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Newark Police Department
37101 Newark Blvd., Newark
(510) 790-7233

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