Arroyo Grande Police Department along with 22 other local law enforcement agencies throughout San Luis Obispo County hosted the annual Cops ‘N Kids Field Day.
The event was filled with mock arrests, K-9 training, helicopters, and cop cars.
Kids got a chance to try on police uniforms and explore some of their vehicles like the Santa Maria City SWAT armor truck.
“I like the police-military stuff. I like the weapons and vehicles, so I’m really excited to see the weapons,” said Miles Jones who tried on police defense gear.
The best part of the day for mom’s Christina Culver and Stacy Silva was seeing the community come together.
“I think it’s great that they are all here together as a group showing that they are here for the community,” said Culver. “They get to be hands-on and talk to them and share their enthusiasm for what they do, ” said Silva.
The day also gave kids a chance to know and build trust with local law enforcement.
“What’s great about being out here is coming out interacting with the public, interacting with the kids, making a good impression with them….making sure they know the police are their friends, ” said Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officer Brian Kirker.
Kid and parents also got to enjoy Bomb Squad demonstrations, free t-shirts, hot dogs, and a bicycle raffle.