Police in Edinburgh open doors for family fun

Police sniffer dogs will be on show at Fettes
Police sniffer dogs will be on show at Fettes
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FAMILIES will get a feel for life on the beat tomorrow, as police open their doors for a free fun day.

Officers from across the force’s specialist teams will be on hand with a range of activities planned at Fettes from 11am-3pm.

They will be joined by paramedics, firefighters, soldiers, coastguard, search and rescue teams and more.

“There’ll be events taking place throughout the day including police dogs and horses,” said chief inspector James Jones.

“There’ll be a bouncy castle and stuff for the little kids and access to vehicles as well – for big kids. It’s open to everyone.”

The fun day is organised by the Edinburgh division as the successor to the Lothian and Borders open day.

Police teams represented and performing demonstrations will include the marine unit and wildlife crime team.

Officers and their cars from the roads policing unit will be on display, as will counterfeit goods teams and recruiters.

Neighbourhood watch representatives will also be on-hand with crime fighting tips and advice available.

“The emphasis is very much on a fun event but there’ll be alarms and stuff people find useful to take away to protect their sheds and so on,” said CI Jones.

Part of Fettes Avenue and Crewe Road South will be closed off during the day to allow access to the Fettes playing fields.

Also manning stalls will be members of Tweedale Mountain Rescue and Spartans Street Football. The 6VT Edinburgh City Youth Cafe will be represented also, as will Lothian Buses and Emergency Riders. Scottish Ambulance Service, British Army and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will also attend. The city council will also take part, as will charity workers from Action for Children.

A raffle and tombola will raise funds for Marie Curie with prizes including signed Scotland and Wales rugby shorts. Signed Hibs and Hearts football shirts will be up for grabs also, as will a £250 holiday voucher and spa tokens.

“Obviously the aim is for everyone to have fun but it’s also in aid of a good cause too,” said CI Jones.

Maureen Stevenson, Marie Curie Fundraising Manager, said: “We hope there will be a great turnout for this weekend’s event and would like to thank Police Scotland and Fettes Police Station for choosing Marie Curie to benefit from the proceeds. Donations will help us provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families.”