NOTE: This content is old - Published: Tuesday, Sep 8th, 2015.
The countdown has now begun to the next North Wales Police Open Day, being held at Force Headquarters in Colwyn Bay on Saturday 19th September 2015.
The open day is a fantastic opportunity to find out about north Wales police teams and their work across the region.
As well as seeing what are animal police friends are capable of, visitors will see some great displays by the Force Firearms Unit and Dog Section, tour the police helicopter with the team from the National Police Air Service and see some vintage vehicles on display.
Other emergency services will also be joining the event, such as the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, the Welsh Ambulance Service, Mountain Rescue, Coastguard and the RAF.
• A Dog Section display and an opportunity to meet the handlers and some of the newly-recruited dogs
• Meet the Firearms Team, explore their patrol vehicles and visit their ‘hide’
• See the helicopter land and meet the team from the National Police Air Service*
• Meet the Rural Crime Team and see some of their exhibits such as prohibited animal traps
• Meet some of the Crime Scene Investigation Team and ‘have a go’ at being a CSI
• See the Bikesafe trailer and learn about the free BikeSafe workshops
• Meet the School Community Police Officers and Tarian, the special school’s mascot
• See how the Joint Underwater Search Team operate
• See various operational police vehicles and bikes
• Meet representatives from other emergency services including British Transport Police
Chief Constable Mark Polin said:
“This will be our fourth Open Day and previously they have been a huge success, which have been very well supported by local residents including some of our staff and their families.
“The key to successful policing is strong links and support from the community, and events such as this help to achieve this.
“The Open Day promises to be fun and enjoyable for visitors of all ages and gives us the opportunity to engage with local people, provide them with an insight into the work of the Force and to raise awareness of ongoing initiatives.
“We want residents to visit us on the day where there will be an opportunity to speak to myself and my officers and staff and hopefully have a really fun and enjoyable day.”
With details of the latest job and volunteering opportunities, the Open Day is also a perfect opportunity to talk to staff and officers and find out if a career in policing.
Visitors will be able to meet some of the local Neighbourhood Policing teams, see how the Go Safe camera vans operate, get crime prevention advice and free security marking from the Community Safety Department and much more.
Breathing fire dragon
Also on display will be a 13-foot high breathing fire dragon sculpture, courtesy of The British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Shropshire.
Chief Constable Mark Polin recently visited the Centre where many thousands of knives have been donated following knife amnesties by police forces across the UK.
The surrendered knives are being used to create a special Angel sculpture which aims to raise awareness of the consequences of knife-related crime.
All are welcome to attend this free event where there will also be colouring competitions and various quizzes.
This year, North Wales Police will be supporting the Guide Dogs charity as part of the Force’ effort to help raise £2,500 to support a Guide Dog puppy. Other charities will also be in attendance such as the Air Ambulance, Victim Support and COPS (Care of Police Survivors).
*Helicopter is weather permitting