LOMPOC, Calif. - Police from Lompoc, Santa Maria, and Guadalupe gathered at Lompoc's Food Truck Fest to meet with the community and celebrate National Police Week.
“I want the community to know that we are not just there when bad happens. We’re here, we represent you. Many times we are you. We’re here to keep people safe and we just want people to understand that and reengage with us," said Lompoc Police Captain, Kevin Martin.
California Highway Patrol and Santa Barbara County Sheriff also participating by bringing police vehicles for children and families to explore.
“We also wanted to engage with the public on a positive level which we haven’t been able to do in a long time," said Martin.
There were food trucks, live music and interactive activities for children.
“So far it’s been nice. There’s a lot o activities to do," said Lompoc resident, Lynde Betancourt.
Memorials were also set up for fallen Lompoc police officers.
“National Police Week is something that is near and dear to all of us. It’s a week for us to reflect on all those that pay the ultimate sacrifice," said Santa Maria Police Sergeant, Daniel Rios.
Lompoc Foursquare Church also hosted miniature bicycle races for children at the festival.