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Police, Fire, Armed Forces, & 1st Responders Expo

The Palm Bay Police Department will be showcasing its capabilities and offer the public a chance to meet officers and department personnel in the 2017 Police, Fire, Armed Forces, and 1st Responders Expo Saturday May 20 at the Melbourne Square Mall.  The department will showcase its new Dodge Charger patrol vehicle inside the mall surrounded by other displays including a meet and greet with a Palm Bay Police K-9. The kids will be able to try on police ballistic SWAT vests and hold other police equipment. The Palm Bay Fire Department will also be there.  They will have bunker gear that the kids can try on, lots of photo ops.   The event is 10 a.m. -3:00 p.m. The Palm Bay V-COPS will be providing child fingerprinting during the event.   

"This is a great opportunity for us to connect with the community," said Chief Mark Renkens.  "We want people to know who we are, and what we are about.  The most effective way we can do our jobs is through connecting with our community so we can work together to create and maintain our safe neighborhoods."

Police Memorial Day is part of a national event known as National Peace Officers Memorial Week.  In 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated every May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.  Each year tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have died in the line of duty. 

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