Up to 1,000 people descended on Cheshire’s Museum of Policing in Warrington on Saturday as the clock was turned back for a journey through the ages of policing.
Museum volunteers, police staff and some of the town’s officers held the open day in the old police station in Arpley Street to showcase the museum, its exhibits, and all it has to offer. The day also proved to be an ideal opportunity, for members of the public to meet their local officers.
Visitors were given an insight into what it takes to police Cheshire, and found out more about the work of Cheshire Cares – the service funded by the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire to support victims of crime across the county.
They also got under the bonnet of the Constabulary’s fleet of police vehicles, while one of the new Task Force police support carriers – used for policing the county’s town centres at night – was on display especially for the open day.
The Constabulary Band played for the crowds, and Police Dog Rufus and his handler, PC Neil Jukes, showed them just how talented and brave our dogs are in policing and protecting the community.
Sgt Rob Horton, who helped organise the event, said: “The public really seemed to enjoy themselves seeing just how we have been keeping residents safe over the decades. They got a fantastic insight into the history of policing and got to see first-hand how we police the streets today.
“The numbers of visitors far exceeded our expectations and we were really pleased and honoured to show people our museum which is run by our dedicated and tireless volunteers.”
Cheshire Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “Seeing behind the scenes and finding out about the history of the Constabulary certainly helps to show residents that the police have been at the heart of the community over the decades. I believe that having a police service connected with its communities is key to its success and this will be at the forefront of the priorities set out in my Police and Crime Plan for Cheshire.
“I’d like to thank all the officers, staff and volunteers who put in so much effort to make this such a success.”
I believe that having a police service connected with its communities is key to its success and this will be at the forefront of the priorities set out in my Police and Crime Plan for Cheshire.