Police open house popular with children

Eric McCarthy
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ELMSDALE -- Close to 300 people, mostly families with children, attended the open house West Prince RCMP hosted Saturday in celebration of National Police Week.

The warm but breezy weather helped give the event an outdoor picnic atmosphere.

Special attractions included RCMP and Ground Search and Rescue command posts and a police helicopter. Children had the opportunity to sit in the helicopter but, just as exciting, they had the opportunity to sit in police cars and sound the sirens. Jail cells were open for touring and MADD Canada had a selection of Fatal Vision goggles that enabled visitors to get a sense of how alcohol would impair the vision and perception.

Numerous people took the pledge not to drink and drive and signed their names on the sides of a MADD Canada vehicle.

There were tours of the command posts and of a fire truck and an Island EMS unit. Mascots and refreshments added to the fun. Food for a barbecue was donated by Tignish and O’Leary Co-ops and Old Dutch Foods. Donations received from the barbecue raised $500 for the West Prince Caring Cupboard.

Organizations: RCMP, Tignish and O’Leary Co, Old Dutch Foods

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