Almost 1000 people went to Longton Police Station open day on Saturday to learn more about policing in Staffordshire.
The event was opened by Lord Mayor Denver Tolley, ACC Jane Sawyers & Rob Flello MP who cut a line of police tape to let the visitors in.
Hundreds of people watched police dog Jerry with handler Steve Billingtonsearch a car for hidden drugs. Jerry has been playing his role in tacklingdrugs for five years and daily attends drugs raids across the north of theCounty as part of Operation Nemesis.
Armed Response Officers were also on had to explain about their vital role in protecting our community. Visitors had the rare opportunity to handle the weapons used by police and to learn how officers deal with life threatening incidents
Today has been about showing the community the sorts of work thats done behind the scenes to keep them safe. Visitors spoke about how they enjoyed learning more about policing in Stoke-on-Trent and many were able to find out about the actual levels of crime across the city.
Visitors had a chance to tour was the cell block, have their “Ëœmugshots’ and fingerprints taken for a souvenir to take away as well as try on various items ofpolice uniform and pose for the camera dressed for duty.
A scenes of crime officer was also on hand to demonstrate how forensic evidence is recovered.
Many of the visitors took time to speak to officers about their role in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour issues in the community.