Video: Chichester police station open day

Dozens of families have spent a day in the sun at Chichester police station joining in a number of police activities.

Police officers, PSCOs and volunteers for police-related help groups were all on hand, talking to visitors and handing out information.

Chichester police station open day attracted dozens of families

Chichester police station open day attracted dozens of families

Dog handlers and police dogs were showing off their skills, watched by excited crowds.

Specialist search units were also on site, teaching children how to comb areas for clues and many even tried out beer goggles which showed children and teenagers how alcohol can lower awareness and be dangerous.

Max Simmonds from Midhurst said it was ‘really fun’ but ‘difficult’ trying to walk in a straight line.

“The idea is for us to show the community the human face of policing,” said chief inspector Tanya Jones, Chichester district commander for Sussex Police.

“We have the dog team here today to show people what they do day-to-day. We have stalls from Lifecentre, Care Line, Neighbourhood Watch and domestic violence support groups.

“We have face painting and bouncy castle for the children and they can get involved in the activities.”

Colin Brooker, PCSO for Funtington and Westbourne was teaching children about speeding, with the children running along a track to see how fast they were going.

“The kids really like it,” he said. “They all seem to be enjoying the day and being aware of their speed – it’s been non-stop.”

Jo Ellis from Ford works at the police station.

“The kids like seeing where nan goes to work,” she said.