Troop A day draws big crowd
POSTED: Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 7:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Louisiana State Police brought out their high tech tools and emergency gear to teach kids what they need to know to stay safe. It's all part of state police's annual Troop A day.
"We talk about it all year this just sums it up in one day. It's important, we want people to get some ideas how to keep themselves safe. Bring those ideas home with them to keep them safe in their personal lives," TFC Jared Sandifer, Louisiana State Police Troop A spokesman, said.
Children like Curtis Temple and his brothers and sister were on hand to talk with troopers.
"We came to see why police tell us to buckle up," Temple said.
Troopers said the event helps kids look a law enforcement officials in a fresh light.
"Unfortunately, a lot of times when people see police officers or ambulances or fire trucks it means something bad has happened they need help. What we want to show today is that we are there for them we have resources that can help them. It's not just about bad situations they can call us whenever they need us," Sandifer said.
The children had fun getting a hands on lesson in what it's like to be part of law enforcement.
"They actually carry a lot of stuff," Temple said. "That's really fun when you put on the helmets and the suits that they have on."
"You know how kids are they love to play with new toys. They love to try new things. They're having a great time event the adult children are having a good time as well," Sandifer said.
This was the sixth year for the event.