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DELVE behind the scenes of Solihull’s emergency services, council and court rooms during an Open Day on Sunday 26 September.

DELVE behind the scenes of Solihull’s emergency services, council and court rooms during an Open Day on Sunday, September 26..

The Solihull Partnership Open Day is a free event running from 10.30am till 3.30pm.

Activity will focus on three sites: Solihull Police HQ and Solihull Magistrates Court in Homer Road, plus Solihull Council’s Civic Suite.

The police station plays host to displays and demonstrations from firearms, traffic, off-road bikes and dog handlers, plus feature reconstructions of crash scenes, mock arrests and custody procedures.

As well as the more visual aspects of police work the event also gives visitors an insight into crime fighting, neighbourhood policing, call handling, and counter terrorism to mention just a few.

And at 10.30am visitors can give Solihull PCs PCs Neil Shuter, Adrian Mills and Robert Maxwell a rousing send-off as they start a 370-mile charity cycle ride to Paris!

The trio hope to raise £5,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Other Open Day highlights include a car crash reconstruction with West Midlands’ fire and ambulance services showing how they attend to accident victims, cut them from damaged vehicles and administer first aid.

There’ll be an emphasis on the consequences of bad driving as the scenario shows how offenders are processed by the police (including a tour of the cell blocks) before being transferred to the court system.

Visitors can then see first hand how the court system works through mock trials acted out on the day.

Furthermore, the council’s Civic Suite will allow visitors the chance to meet the Mayor from 11am and see the council chamber. Displays from a variety of council services, charities and voluntary organisations will also be on show.

Event organiser Mike Leonard, who heads up Solihull Police’s Special Constabulary, said: “It’ll be a hands-on activity day appealing particularly to young people…they can saddle-up on police bikes, get on board a fire engine, take part in court trials, and say hello to our sniffer dogs.

“The event will illustrate how authorities across Solihull work as a partnership to make the borough a pleasant, safe place to live and work.

“The last Open Day attracted around 4,000 visitors from across the borough – and we want to make this year’s event even more successful.”

See a poster about the Open Day here

Or click here  for information from West Midlands Police.



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