Today was no exception, I have got Facebook to thank for letting me know that there was a Kent Police Open Day at the headquarters in Maidstone. It was a free event so I thought what have we got to loose, let's go down and see what it's all about.
Well, let me tell you, it was FANTASTIC! The police had worked really hard to make it a fantastic day, full of fun and information.
Soon after we arrived Chester got to try out the body worn video recorder, he was asked to walk around and film what was going on, then we got to watch it all afterwards! The police officers were amazing with him and explained how great it is to see it all through a child's eyes (height).
Millie was very impressed with the Guide dog puppies, it was great to show the children what the puppies are training for.
There were lots of colouring in opportunities, which is always a bonus when you have children, it also meant that Craig and I could chat with the police and gain a bit of knowledge about what is new in policing and how they are moving forward thanks to technology etc. Also lots of dressing up opportunites which Chester thought was great!
The kids thought it was hilarious when an officer locked us in a cell, albeit a little shocked at the fact the prisoners toilet was right by the bed and there was no TV! I think experiences like this are great, they have gained so much knowledge and also realised that its not much fun being locked up in prison! But above all, they have learnt that the police are very friendly and approachable people who they can trust and go to if they ever need to.
Millie was very impressed with the ice creams too!
All in all it was a fantastic day, I could literally go on for hours telling you about everything we saw and learnt, we spent 4 hours there and managed to do so much! So well done and a big thank you to everyone involved in making it such a fun and informative day, no doubt you have put a lot of your own time into it, and it's certainly paid off!