HANFORD — The California Highway Patrol is inviting the public to come see their office, learn about their programs and ask questions at an open house.
The CHP open house will take place at their office located at 1565 Glendale Ave. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. One of the goals for the open house is to give people an insight as to what officers do on a daily basis and what they have to offer as a department.
“It’s educating on what we have to offer, but at the same time [the public] can kind of get to know the inside of what we do,” CHP public information officer Kenneth Bird said. “Like the backbone in the office of what it’s like as an everyday officer. Going into our briefing room or our report writing room, checking out our cars … what we have to work with.”
Bird added that a couple of the CHP’s cars will be available to look through as well as a helicopter, which will land behind the office. Tours of the office will be available.
Informational booths will be set up for the public, including a child safety booth, DUI booth and dispatch recruitment booth and more. Demonstrations will be another part of the open house with a car seat installation clinic, Taser demo and K-9 demo.
“That gives people the opportunity to ask us questions,” Bird said about the activities. “Kind of like Coffee with a Cop, but only up close and personal.”
Approximately one dozen officers, including LT. Don Tripp, will be on hand to answer questions and interact with the community. When it’s all said and done, Bird said the hope is to build a better relationship with the public.
“That is huge right now, especially right now in California alone,” Bird said. “That citizen-police officer relationship got tainted for a little while. We want to regain the public’s trust rather than try and keep it where it’s at now. The CHP in general, that’s what our goal is right now is to try to get back into the community and get that public trust again.”