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  • Georgetown police to hold open house for residents

  • In an effort to become more acquainted with the town’s law abiding citizens, the Georgetown Police Department will hold an open house on June 15.
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    • IF YOU GO
      WHAT. Georgetown Police Department open house
      WHEN. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 15
      WHERE. Georgetown Police Department, 335 N. Race St., Georgetown
      INFO. (302) 856-6613
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      IF YOU GO
      WHAT. Georgetown Police Department open house

      WHEN. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 15

      WHERE. Georgetown Police Department, 335 N. Race St., Georgetown

      INFO. (302) 856-6613
  • In an effort to become more acquainted with the town’s law abiding citizens, the Georgetown Police Department will hold an open house on June 15.
    “We’d like to show residents our equipment, our officers and some of our capabilities so they’ll have an understanding of what we can do,” said Georgetown Police Chief William Topping. “Also, we’d like to make our faces known. The bad guys pretty much know who we are, but the good guys don’t get to see us too much.”
    The open house will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Topping said some of the Georgetown Police Department’s equipment – including night vision goggles and thermal imagers, as well as the Emergency Response Team’s weaponry and flash bangs – will be on display. The department’s motorcycle unit will be on hand to conduct demonstrations and finger printing will be available for children. Topping added that light refreshments will be served.
    Topping said the open house is a social event for the Department and the residents of Georgetown.
    “We didn’t invite a lot of different agencies like we would do on a National Night Out because our goal here is to familiarize the public with the police officers in their town,” he said.
    The Department’s last open house was held about five years ago, Topping said.
    “We’d like to do it more than once every five years, but it gets expensive,” he said, specifically referencing overtime paid to officers who attend the event, as well as handouts and food.
    To maintain its relationship with the community, Topping said officers speak to local groups and “some of our officers live right here in town.”
    “One of our police officers, Mark Rogers, is the fire chief in Georgetown,” he added.
    Another goal Topping is hoping to achieve through the open house is to address any hesitation residents may feel about calling 911.
    “Your average law abiding citizen is apprehensive about calling 911 because some people think they’re bothering the police,” he said. “We want to show them that this is what we do for a living. We’d rather have you call us, than not call us, and have something bad happen.”

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