ROSEMOUNT - Residents can learn how first responders and law enforcement work in tandem during the Public Safety in the Park event this week.
The fourth annual community outreach event will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at Central Park, 2875 145th St. W., Rosemount.
"The goal of the event is for the public to get to know officers and see equipment we are using and ... we can get to know the community," said event coordinator and Rosemount police detective, Kendra Wubben. "...It is a way for the younger kids to come and see that we are people and it is not just a uniform, because that can be scary for them and then we can begin to build these relationships."
Rosemount Fire Department will bring a mascot and smokehouse. Youth and families can meet local law enforcement and explore the interiors and features inside police, fire and ambulance vehicles. Public works staff will bring three large pieces of equipment. The Dakota County Sheriff's Office and Dakota County Parks will also have staff on hand.
If weather permits, the lifesaving Life Link helicopter will also land on the park pavement pad.
Police K-9 officers and the police dog will be on site as well.
Public safety staff from Minnesota State Patrol, the special operations team, Minnesota National Guard and HealthEast ambulance service will share how each unit provides aid or relief in times of emergency or crisis.
"At the SWAT vehicle, kids of all ages can try on the helmets and vests and even crawl into the BearCat to see what it looks like and what it feels like to be a SWAT officer," Wubben said.
Later this summer, Rosemount police will participate in the community outreach Night to Unite. Block parties can be planned by neighborhoods for the nationwide event on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Residents can host block parties and request police visits or demonstrations. To register, visit www.ci.rosemount.us.