Last weekend saw more than 1500 people head to Colchester Police Station for their Community Open Day.
Hosted by Colchester Police officers and staff, the afternoon provided an opportunity for members of the public to look around the Southway police station and try their hand at some police-related activities.
This included seeing a prison cell, taking fingerprints, learning about (and getting to hold) our firearms equipment, trying on some police uniform and chatting to our Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) experts about the crime scene demonstration they had set out.
There were also opportunities to grab a couple of photos with our police vehicles including our patrol cars, motorbikes and our armoured truck.
Some of our younger visitors were also taught self-defence techniques and got the chance to put these into practice when they had a go at detaining a pretend criminal.
Mr&Mrseas2022 Atlantic Rowing husband and wife team, also joined in the fun, as they prepare for their cross-Atlantic rowing challenge in aid of The Samaritans. Visitors got to see the boat they’ll be undertaking the challenge in and ask them lots of questions.
East of England Ambulance Service offering life saving tips
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service brought their fire engine and offered fire prevention advice
Visitors 'tried out' Royal Military Police equipment.
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- Inspector Stuart Austin, Colchester Community Policing Team said:
“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to our Community Open Day. “Our community is at the heart of our work, and we very much enjoyed the opportunity to speak with local residents, workers and visitors, answer questions and show you how we help people in Colchester, keep them safe and catch criminals."