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Vol. LXIV, No. 12
June 8, 2012
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18th Police Awareness Day Features Picnic, Demos

Photos: Bill Branson

When police cars from a variety of jurisdictions line the driveway in front of Bldg. 31, either someone is in big trouble or the 18th annual NIH Police Awareness Day picnic has been moved, due to weather, to Bldg. 31’s patio instead of the Bldg. 1 lawn.

Happily, the latter situation was the case. Despite thick clouds and the threat of storms, the picnic went off as planned, as BBQ smoke wafted throughout the courtyard, drawing hundreds to a tasty lunch.

Officers served lunch to 306 customers, many of whom remained outdoors to watch exhibitions of K-9 team skill, firearms use and how to properly grill chicken, sausage and hamburgers. Information on safe use of local trails and park facilities as well as pamphlets on bicycling, hiking and other recreational pursuits were also on display at the event.

Cpl. Matthew Catherwood (l) dares to wear the sleeve that sends a dual-purpose narcotics/tracking police dog into action the annual tree giveaway attracted many patrons

Clockwise, from above:

Cpl. Matthew Catherwood (l) dares to wear the sleeve that sends a dual-purpose narcotics/tracking police dog into action. An officer (r) from the Metropolitan (D.C.) Police Department assists with the drill.

Sgt. Duane Moe (l) demonstrates the police’s judgment pistol training system, which lets users engage in various scenarios and make good decisions about the use of force while under some of the stress encountered during an actual call for service. Tonya Mansfield of NIDA’s acquisitions office handles the firearm. “I didn’t shoot the guy but I shot so much around him I scared him,” she quipped, after experiencing—via life-size video screen—a crime in progress.

Tpr. Bradford Reeves (l) of the Maryland State Police and his canine partner accept warm greetings in the A-wing lobby of Bldg. 31.

Officers distribute information about some of Maryland’s national parks.

A sizable chow line forming in the distance, Cpl. Brian Sims handles short orders at the grill on the patio.

Sgt. Duane Moe (l) demonstrates the police’s judgment pistol training system, which lets users engage in various scenarios and make good decisions about the use of force while under some of the stress encountered during an actual call for service.

Tpr. Bradford Reeves (l) of the Maryland State Police and his canine partner accept warm greetings in the A-wing lobby of Bldg. 31.
A sizable chow line forming in the distance, Cpl. Brian Sims handles short orders at the grill on the patio. Officers distribute information about some of Maryland’s national parks.

 


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