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Invitation to investigate Thames Valley Police's annual open day in West Berkshire

Published: 15 Jul 2014 17:30

THOUSANDS of people will learn the lessons of the law at an open day giving a behind-the-scenes look at the police force.

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The Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead is getting ready to welcome visitors to its annual open day next month, when activities, displays and games will teach people about the work of the police.

The new police puppies will parade around the grounds and visitors can tour the dog section kennels, before looking around the high-speed cars used by roads policing.

There will be opportunities to solve crime with the Crime Scene Investigation Unit, climb aboard the police boat with specialist search and rescue and tour the police helicopter with the pilots who fly it from the National Police Air Service.

There will also be the opportunity to navigate around a maze using a police radio with operators from the control room department, and hear a talk from the firearms team about the dangers of replica weapons.

Thames Valley’s Chief Constable Sara Thornton, who will be opening the event at 10am, said: “The open day is a great family day out and a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to see what really goes on behind the scenes in policing.

“This is our eighth open day and they get bigger every year, with more displays and more visitors, meaning my staff and I get the chance to spend the day meeting and having fun with the public we all serve.”

More than 50 police departments and external agencies are taking part in the day, including the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, and Crimestoppers.

Classic police cars will be on display and a memorial service will take place for officers who lost their lives in World War One, plus talks on what policing was like 100 years ago.

People can then refuel by tucking into a hog roast, a barbecue and sandwiches served up by the Women’s Institute, and this year’s event will raise cash for Berkshire Women’s Aid and Barnardo’s.

The open day runs from 10am-4pm on Saturday, August 2, and entry is free, although parking at the site is limited and will be available on a first come first served basis.

No dogs are allowed on site except for guide dogs.

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