Best Day Ever! Two boys summing up the experience
Great time had by all especially the kids
Story and photos by Ian Linning
As expected, it was extremely well organised with recruits leading tours through the main indoor facilities and outdoor areas where special exhibits were held. Everywhere was “spotless!”
The children really enjoyed it. One of the highlights for the young folk was to be able to get on a motorbike or in a police car. As I was leaving behind a family, the two young lads expressed to their Mum – Best Day Ever! So no doubt there will be no shortage of recruits for further intakes: in about 15 years time!
Mums and Dads and Kids were offered a bag of lollies on completion of 10 press ups by the recruitment desk. For small kids Dads were allowed to substitute, so it was not a great time to be with a large family: 10 press ups for each child undertaken by Dad!
After that it was a good time to head for the café: fantastic food at very realistic prices!
What was on show?
Open day visitors were able to see a range of police operations, amenities and training. One aspect of particular interest, is the shift to modern communications as the police are now using iPhones and Ipads for speedy contact and research.
Other procedures and facilities for viewing were
~ defence training in the gym
~ examples of accident impacts
~ the Booze Bus! (See alongside)
~ skid control driving
~ bomb disposal techniques often using a blue unmarked van (See below)
~ the Police Museum
~ the remembrance column showing plaques recognising those police officers who have died serving