The Chesterfield Township Police Department has a few surprises planned for this year’s open house.
New K-9 cop Charger will make his first public appearance during this weekend’s event, and the department will roll out a special 50th anniversary retro car, Lt. Brian McNair said.
“We will have an animal exhibit/display from Animal Hospital of Chesterfield, our official veterinarians of our K-9 unit,” he added.
This year’s open house is scheduled to run from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the station on Continental Drive. Activities for all ages are planned, including bounce houses, a driving simulator, live music, health screenings, children’s identification cards through the Justin Mello KidPrint ID Program and more.
“Our very own Detective Frank Unger will be playing the drums in the Losing 6 band playing live,” McNair said.
Visitors will have a chance to tour the station, check out police, fire and emergency vehicles, view demonstrations and learn about accident reconstruction, SWAT, evidence processing and other topics. A helicopter is also expected to land on-site.
“New Baltimore PD will be joining us with a few displays,” McNair said.
A Taste of Chesterfield will also return to the event for its second year. A dozen area restaurants are expected to participate.
Police department chaplains and the honor guard unit will kick off the open house at 11:45 a.m. with a prayer at the memorial near the flagpole in front of the station to honor the officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The open house is scheduled during National Police Week each year.
Last year’s open house drew a record number of visitors to the station.
“Each year, we have more and more visitors and residents come through our facility,” McNair said. “This is truly a great experience and opportunity to meet the officers of the Chesterfield Police Department.”
“It’s always great to see residents touring our facilities and asking questions,” he added. “Some little visitors are surprised we have a kitchen, vending machines, a garage and things they would see at home. This learning experience shows them we are human, too, and always there when you need us.”
McNair also encourages visitors to stop by the Friends of Chesterfield Police merchandise tent to buy Chesterfield Township Police Department swag or make a donation.
“This event would not be possible without the financial support and volunteers from the Friends of Chesterfield Police 501c3,” McNair said. “Their continued support allows the department to run events like the open house, the Junior Law Enforcement Academy, citizens’ academy, K-9 unit, chaplains and our school resource officer. “
Unwanted and expired prescription medications can always be disposed of at the station, including during the upcoming open house.
Hot dogs, chips, and pop will be available while supplies last.
For more information, call the police department at 586-949-2322 or go to chesterfieldpolice.org.
Katelyn Larese is local news editor of The Voice. She can be contacted at 586-273-6196 or firstname.lastname@example.org.