The annual event, part of a nationwide effort led the by the National Association of Town Watch, is designed to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer.
Hoover police Chief Nick Derzis said that, so many times, the only experience people have with law enforcement officers is the “negative stuff.” Tonight was designed to give people an opportunity to interact with police and other public safety personnel in a positive way and see some of the tools they use every day to do their jobs, he said.
The Police Department had its specialty vehicles and equipment on display, including its mobile command unit, special response team tactical vehicle, motorcycles and the dive team boat.
Guests got to meet Charlie, a bomb detection dog, and get a close-up look at the bomb robot, police weapons and tactical equipment.
Numerous other public safety and law enforcement organizations also were on site.