The Conway Police Department welcomes local youth to its seventh annual Child Safety Fair, where families and their children will be able to meet first responders and learn safety tips.
The safety fair will held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15 at the Conway Expo and Event Center. CPD spokesman LaTresha Woodruff said the event is free and open to the public, adding that lunch will be provided to all attendees.
“Families and children can expect an event chalked full of safety information and fun activities,” Woodruff previously said.
Woodruff said she encourages everyone to attend the event, noting the Child Safety Fair is both fun and educational.
There will be a book corner set up at the back of the expo center, where Conway officers will spend time reading to local children. Young attendees who listen to the police tales will also leave the story center with a book of their choice.
The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office will be onsite as well as the Conway Fire Department and area SWAT team.
The Conway K-9 officers also will give a demonstration on how their trained police dogs are able to help them daily.
Woodruff said the main goal of the day is to teach children it’s OK to interact with law enforcement and other first responders, especially during an emergency situation; the fair allows children to familiarize themselves with law enforcement and create a comfortable bond between the two.
“We want children to learn how to be safe, but we also want to teach them that police officers and emergency personnel are here to help them when they need it,” she said. “They will be able to meet officers one on one, tour the police vehicles, watch a K-9 demonstration, have a photo ID made, learn the rules of the road when riding a bike and much more.”
Children of all ages are encouraged to attend the fun and educational event with their families.
The annual event gives children the opportunity to meet local law enforcement officers and other first responders, while offering a fun day of games and the chance to walk away with door prizes. Woodruff said the event is a great way for officers to build rapport with local children while also educating them on how to stay safe and what to do during an emergency situation.