It's taken awhile for smiles to come back on the faces of the officers of the Sully District Police Station, after the May 8 tragedy which took the lives of two officers. But with warmth and love from the community, they've gradually returned.
So on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the station will invite people back in for its open house, which was postponed from June 17.
"It's not only an open house, but a thank-you to the community for all the support they've given us," said Capt. Susan Culin, station commander. "To do that, we're expanding on the activities we have for families and children, besides the usual displays."
So in addition to child fingerprinting, child carseat instruction and police cruisers, there'll be a moonbounce, pony rides, an inflatable slide, cotton candy, popcorn and Sno-Cones.
"We've also asked the Metro Transit Police to join us, so they'll also bring their equipment," said Culin. "We're hoping the community can stop by and have a little fun and also get some information about the programs and equipment the police department has to offer."
She said it's also a good opportunity to promote community policing and let the officers and residents get to know each other a little better.
"The community has done a lot for us in numerous ways — from everyone's kind words to bringing treats for the officers to eat — and we want to show our appreciation," said Culin. "It'll be held, rain or shine, and we're hoping for a good turnout."
<tgl> —Bonnie Hobbs