Police open house puts focus on kids


The Lone Tree Police Department is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at its Kimmer Street headquarters.

Most events will be held in the parking lot at 9220 Kimmer Drive.

Food, crafts for kids, police vehicle tours, fingerprinting and a K9 demonstration are among the events planned.

Visitors will be able to try on Fatal Vision Goggles, which allow the wearer to experience the effects of alcohol impairment, and drive a golf cart.

“It shows you how terribly you drive when you’re impaired even though you don’t know it,” said police spokeswoman Jennifer Purdy.

Children are invited to learn how to make an emergency phone call with a 911 simulator. A dispatcher will be on hand to demonstrate and assist children.

Most events are child-oriented, Purdy said.

“This is a great event for parents to come get some safety information for their kids, and for their kids to get to know their local police department,” she said. “That way they realize we’re not scary and know who to go to for help.”

The city administration building, in which the police department is located, is being renovated, so the police department tours typically featured as part of the event will not be offered this year.

At eight years, Lone Tree’s police department is one of the newest in the state. It includes 47 sworn officers and an active volunteer program.

For more information, visit www.cityoflonetree.com.


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