Thousands flock to station open day


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ENTERTAINING: Dancers were on hand to entertain the crowds who toured the Halifax Police Station last weekend

ENTERTAINING: Dancers were on hand to entertain the crowds who toured the Halifax Police Station last weekend

Residents turnout to meet their local force

More than 5,000 people flocked to Halifax Police Station last weekend as officers threw open their doors to visitors, for their second successful open day.

Following the success of the inaugural event last August, a high turnout was expected by organisers for the Sunday 9th August event.

However, as more and more people turned up throughout the day, organisers say they were delighted to see a record number head down for a look behind the scenes and to experience life at the Richmond Close site.

As many as 2,000 people had a look inside the police station itself, with a snaking queue even formed as demand continued to grow.

HANDS-ON: Demonstrations were held by officers to give children of all ages a chance to tryout their equipment

HANDS-ON: Demonstrations were held by officers to give children of all ages a chance to tryout their equipment

Meanwhile, crowds were entertained by Total Awareness Promotions and acts included an Indian Dance Workshop with Annapurna Dance, Bazzmatazz Dance Studio, the West Yorkshire Police Band and even the occasional dancing police officer.

District Commander, Chief Superintendent Dickie Whitehead said: “It was brilliant to have so many people come and see us at the weekend, the aim of the day was to meet with members of the public and show them all of the work that goes into policing the District.

“I would like to thank all the officers and staff that worked tirelessly to pull together another fantastic event, along with all the partner agencies and volunteers who were all there on the day facilitating the numerous activities and stalls,

“The biggest thank you of all goes out to the community of Calderdale who once again turned up in their thousands to see what goes on behind the scenes of our district nerve-centre and show their support to our dedicated team who work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to make the district a safe place to live, work and bring up families.”

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