Each year the Derby Police and Fire departments work together to provide an outstanding event for the youth of our community. The event, now in its fourth year, is the Youth Open House, which is set for Sunday, May 19 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at 229 N. Baltimore.
This is a great opportunity for kids to tour the police and fire stations, meet the officers and firefighters, interact with the mascots and try on police and fire equipment. Last year, nearly 400 children and parents enjoyed this free community event.
Children will have the opportunity to explore police and fire vehicles, use a fire hose, see the CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) van and equipment, participate in a bicycle rodeo, get their pictures taken as police officers and firefighters and many other fun activities. All children will leave with a goody bag to help them remember their time at the police and fire departments.
The Youth Open House is not just intended to be a fun event for children and their parents, but is also a great way for kids to become acquainted with first responders. Many children, especially young children, arrive at the open house a bit shy about meeting police officers and firefighters. It is simply great to see them make new friends and watch the shyness disappear as they become eager to see more. Most importantly to us is the fact we have made a positive difference in the life of a child.
The basis of community policing is the belief that “the police are the community, and the community are the police.” This open house is an outstanding way for the police and fire departments to forge long-term relationships with the youngest members of our community. I look forward to personally seeing each of you at the Youth Open House on May 19!