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The family-geared event will include educational demonstrations and tours of the police station.

COURTESY OF TIGARD POLICE DEPARTMENT - The Tigard Police Department is offering an open house for the community from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. It will include educational demonstrations as well as tours of the police facility. The Tigard Police Department will hold a community open house on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the police station, 13125 S.W. Hall Boulevard. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"We have so much to offer visitors this second go-around," according to Jim Wolf, Tigard police spokesman. "Our first-ever open house in 2017 brought nearly 600 visitors."

Wolf said they are hoping to exceed that number this year.

The open house will allow residents to meet Police Chief Kathy McAlpine and go on guided tours of the current police facility. (The Tigard City Council will decide at the beginning of the year whether to approach voters with a local option levy for public safety as well as whether to go out for a bond measure to build a new police facility.)

The open house will include interesting demonstrations and displays designed to entertain and educate visitors including a virtual critical-decision making demo that will take place in a special darkened tent that creates shoot/don't shoot scenarios, which officers will demonstrate, said Wolf.

"Visitors will be able to try on utility belts and outer vests to know what it's like to wear nearly 20 pounds of equipment and tools on a daily basis," he said. "We will also have a display to illustrate some elements of the physical agility testing required for all police officer applicants as well as available recruitment and testing information with our recruitment lieutenant and an HR liaison."

Also, a host of vehicles will be open for inspection and photos. Police K-9s and their handlers will be on hand as well.

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