Juneau police to host open house Monday

Department celebrates accomplishment as first Alaska law enforcement agency to be accredited

Posted: Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Juneau Police Department is hosting an open house Monday evening to celebrate its recent accomplishment of becoming the first law enforcement agency in the state to be accredited.

"In December, we achieved accreditation so we are doing this in recognition and celebration of that, showing people what it means to be an accredited agency," spokeswoman Cindee Brown-Mills said.

The open house will be held at the police department located in Lemon Creek at 6255 Alaway Ave. from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday.

The main congregation area will be the department's lobby, where public demonstrations also will be held, Brown-Mills said.

"We are going to have our Community Service Officers demonstrating proper use of child safety seats," she said. "They have some pretty cool demonstrations ... for that."

There will also be officers on hand that can answer questions on a wide variety of law enforcement topics, Brown-Mills said.

There will also be short tours of the police station available to the public, and attendees can see the tools the department uses to fight crime in the community.

"In our training room, we are going to have members from our SWAT Team, Crisis Negotiation Team and Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team," Brown-Mills said. "They are going to have their equipment set out there so people can look at it. They will be showing what it is and how they use it and that sort of thing. They have a bunch of really cool toys that they use for various things."

People will also be able to get an up-close look at some police vehicles and see the equipment they use, such as the computers and video equipment in the cruisers, Brown-Mills said.

"Outside, we will have available our Mobile Command Post, which is our big RV, that people can look at, go in and tour around in there," she said.

There will also be some beverages and snacks at the open house.

The department is looking forward to interacting with the community at the open house and to show people the work the accredited agency does each and every day, she said.

"We're pretty excited about this and we will be all set up and ready for folks," Brown-Mills said.

• Contact reporter Eric Morrisonat 523-2269 or eric.morrison@juneauempire.com.

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