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Police Awareness Day Draws Crowd

Photos by Rich McManus

The NIH Police were joined by colleagues from several local departments, as well as their coworkers from the NIH Fire Department, at the annual observance of NIH Police Awareness Day on May 16. The event, held during National Police Week (May 12-18) on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1, drew some 1,000 employees who enjoyed a picnic lunch and demonstrations of such police and public safety resources as an electronic robot, bomb-sniffing dogs, fire engines and a hazardous material truck.

The officers and firefighters served more than 400 meals at the 3-hour picnic, which resulted in earnings of more than $870, all of which was contributed to NIH charities. Also on hand were other components of NIH's Division of Public Safety, including the Emergency Management Branch, the Crime Prevention Branch, the Employee Transportation Services Office and the Ridefinders Program.

National Police Week is dedicated to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. On May 13, NIH Police representatives participated in ceremonies honoring fallen officers at the National Police Memorial in Washington, D.C.

An electronic, remote-control robot belonging to the state Fire Marshal's office roamed the grounds during the picnic, making remarks to astonished onlookers.

Fire Inspector Dan Walther (l) of the NIH Fire Department gives out information on chimney maintenance.

Helping out behind the Employee Transportation Services Office desk are Marie Shupe (c) and Nicole Huntington (r).

New Deputy Police Chief Robert Fuller (r) grills up some hamburgers for the crowd.

Cpl. Alan Blaum of the K9 squad puts bomb dog Daisy through her paces at an exhibit in front of Bldg. 1.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and some other jurisdictions also had K9 teams at the event, entertaining the crowd with their feats.

Crime Prevention Specialists (behind table, from l) Billy Vaughn, Harold Dawkins and Preston Jackson greet visitors to their table.

On the chow line were (behind table, from l) Cpl. William Culp, Ivelisse Rodriguez and Cpl. Fred Boyle.

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