Updated: October 29, 2012 1:59AM
The Vernon Hills Police Department will host its eighth annual Law Enforcement Exhibition at Westfield Hawthorn Mall during the weekend of Sept. 8-9.
“The expo is an opportunity for us to showcase the positive aspects of police work,” said event coordinator, Officer Sharon Joseph. “There’s so much more to what we do than what you see on television. We want people to come out and see what it’s really like — ask us questions, see some of our equipment, get to know us better.”
She added that area law enforcement and related agencies will gather in one location for people to see specialty vehicles, equipment and demonstrations and to interact with officers. The expo is also used as a public education and recruitment tool by police.
On display will be specialty vehicles such as a six-wheel ATV, a Hummer, a crime scene vehicle, motorcycles and police bicycle units, as well as some surprises. An interactive alcohol and tobacco display will be run by the Niles Police Department.
Some of the other interactive displays include a 9-1-1 simulator, “drunk goggles” and a thermal imaging camera.
Police exhibits will be available for public viewing during the entire weekend. There will also be plenty of free handouts and giveaways. Other things going on include:
Five police K-9 demonstrations throughout the weekend, noon, 4 and 7 p.m. Sept. 8; 1 and 5 p.m. Sept. 9. The demonstrations will be held on the lower level in front of the Victoria’s Secret Life is Pink store, half way between Sears and the center court.
Depending on weather conditions, a police helicopter will land at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 in the parking lot outside Sears (between Sears and Qdoba on Route 60) and will stay for about 60 minutes.
The Illinois Freemasons will be on hand to supply detailed identification kits for children, including fingerprints, photos and video interviews (lower level next to the children’s play area by Auntie Annie’s Pretzels.
Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 8; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 9. Westfield Hawthorn is located at routes 60 and 21.
Additional information about the exhibition can be found on the police department’s Web site at www.VHPD.com under the tab “Upcoming Events.” A listing of all the participating agencies can be found on the page.
Anyone with additional questions can call Joseph at (847) 247-4889.