Police open day

Mounted officers will be among those attending a police community open day at Fleetwood.
Mounted officers will be among those attending a police community open day at Fleetwood.

FLEETWOOD Police are staging a huge community open day event this Sunday.

Officers want to send a clear message to residents that although some smaller stations in Wyre have closed, the force is still operating the full range of services.

There will be numerous demonstrations on the day, which takes place at the car park of the police station in North Church Street.

It takes place from noon until 4pm.

The event will include a police helicopter fly past, mounted rescue officers with horses, police dog-handling, underwater search and rescue and the support unit staff for public order offences – also known as riot police.

Also attending the event will be the police CSI team.

There will be recruitment information available on the day, including information about joining the Special Constables, the Police Community Safety Officers (PCSOs) and for young people, the Police Cadets.

Teams of PCSOs will also be dressed up as Victorian policemen and women.

Sgt Dave Blight, of Fleetwood Police, told the Weekly News: “This is quite a special event, certainly the first one we have had in the last 15 years to my knowledge.

“There are several reasons behind it. One is to assure residents in Wyre that we still have a full compliment of departments and services which are fully operational, despite some of our smaller stations closing.

“Second, it is chance to let people know more about the various things we do.

“And thirdly it also a chance for anyone interested in life in public service to have a chat to us about joining up.”

The police also have specialist wildlife officers as part of the force, and some of these will be attending with live owls.

There will also be information about the Prince’s Trust, which runs training programmes and offers mentoring support for young people.

Vehicles present on the day will include police traffic cars and motorcycles used by the force.

Also attending the event be representatives from the fire and rescue service, the coastguards, the RNLI and the North West Air Ambulance.

Sgt Blight added: “We have invited schools and colleges to attend on the day, but this event is open to all members of the public.

“It will provide the public with a unique opportunity to see the varied branches of our work.”