Police: Law Enforcement Day will return

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ROME- The Rome Police Department is bringing back its popular Law Enforcement Day on Saturday, with a new focus on games and community interaction.

The free public event will be held at Franklyn’s Field on North James Street from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, ministry officials announced. There will be fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

“We renamed it. This is more of a family and community-oriented event,” said department spokeswoman Lt. Sharon Rood.

“Officers will be available to play with the kids, so the kids can get to know us on a more personal level.”

Law Enforcement Day will no longer feature live demonstrations of the Special Response Team or other police-related activities. Instead, the event will focus more on fun interactions, including a dunk tank, inflatable obstacle course, and games of basketball, kickball, and cornhole.

It will be law enforcement’s first day since being suspended over the coronavirus pandemic.

“We want the public to know about these officers and build community relationships, especially with the younger ones,” Rood said.

“A lot of times these kids only have an interaction with the police on a really bad day.”

Officers from the Rome Police Department and several other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will be at the park, both to talk about their jobs and to show off police gear. The Rome police will have police cars, the Viper armored vehicle and the new Mobile Command Center bus for the public to visit.

Mercy Flight will land a helicopter in the park at 5 p.m., officials said.

There will also be food vendors, a car show and child safety seat checks.

The Rome police will also have a table for new applications for officers in the civil service. The application deadline for the Rome Police Officer Civil Service Test is August 12. Agents will be on hand to answer questions about the job and to help complete and submit the application.

“Most people become police officers because they want to contribute to their community,” Rood said. “They really love their community.”

There will be live music from The Midnight Riders from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

For more information on Law Enforcement Day, contact the Rome Police Department at 315-339-7780.

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