Local law enforcement outreach day back for second year

Police cruisers, tactical vehicles, helicopters and fire engines will converge on Southview Park this Saturday evening in a display intended to educate local residents and make them feel more comfortable with local law enforcement agencies.

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The law enforcement outreach day, which made its initial debut a year ago, is organized by the Bellefontaine Police Department but includes representatives from nearly all law enforcement agencies and many first responders with a presence in Logan County, Chief Brandon Standley said.

“We’re continuing to educate the community on what their safety services have as far as resources,” the chief said. “But it’s also an opportunity for us to meet with residents and talk about issues important to them.

“It allows a countywide effort to bring focus and attention to the community and is a way to offer opportunities to interact with us.”

In addition to the local police departments, the Logan County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol, agents of the FBI and DEA will have a presence along with deputies of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office and their tactical robot.

Emergency service providers including the Bellefontaine Fire Department and a MedFlight helicopter will also be on hand, Chief Standley said.

The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at Southview Park, just west of the city on County Road 11, but bounce houses for children will be set up an hour in advance for early arrivals.

There will be two police dog demonstrations in which viewers will be able to see the K-9 units in action in simulated scenarios such as apprehending fleeing suspects or reacting to gunfire, the chief said.

Bellefontaine firefighters will also offer a demonstration and a MedFlight medic will explain her work.

This year will also feature a barbecue chicken dinner. Benefits from the $8 meal will go directly to BPD’s K-9 expense fund to help offset costs of taking care of the dogs, equipping them and providing training for both the animals and their handlers, Chief Standley said.

“Our goal is to make this a big end-of-summer and back-to-school safety event for Logan County,” the chief said.

For more information on the outreach day, contact the Bellefontaine Police Department at 599-1010 or visit the department’s Facebook page.