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Open house takes you inside police department

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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The Folsom Police Department is opening their doors to the public for a special peek inside. For the first time, the department is holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 46 Natoma St., Folsom. “Chief (Cynthia) Renaud would like to invite the residents inside the building and show them the Police Department’s commitment to community partnership,” said Officer Jason Browning, Folsom Police Department public information officer. ”We want the community to know what we do, how we do it, and how much more we have to offer. We’ve come to our resident’s houses for National Night Out; it’s time to invite them into ours.” The open house will include presentations and department tours of the police department’s command staff, the SWAT team, the K-9 unit, Community Assisting Public Safety volunteers, the mounted equestrian unit, and the Investigations Bureau. “It’s important for every community to know what to expect from their public safety departments,” Browning said. ”From the equipment they have to the services they provide, the Folsom Police Department is committed to serving our residents, and we would like them to be completely informed.” He said people can expect to find an insight into officers’ day-to-day activities including what services they provide and how residents can be involved in policing their own community. “They’ll see what equipment we use, and I think they will be surprised at exactly how much of a full service the Folsom Police Department is,” Browning said. He said kids should come too, because there will be activities for all ages. “There will be K-9 demonstrations with our police dogs, police horse demonstrations from our equestrian unit, and much more,” Browning said. ”Kids won’t be bored.” For more information, call (916) 355-7234. * * * OPEN HOUSE When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Where: Folsom Police Department, 46 Natoma St. Info: (916) 355-7234