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Cottageville Police Department host Public Safety Day

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Cottageville Police Department hosted their first Public Safety Fun and Educational Day on Saturday, July 29th at Cottageville Town Hall. If you were driving down Salley Ackerman Drive, you may have noticed a collection of first responders gathered in the old Cottageville Elementary School field. Cottageville Police Department had representatives from Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, Walterboro Police Department, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Colleton County Fire Rescue, South Carolina Highway Patrol, and C.A.R.E. Flight at the event. The purpose of the Public Safety event was to reach children in the community by educating them on what different departments have to offer. According to Cottageville Police Chief J.D. Cook, “I decided to do something for the kids, that’s the whole purpose behind this is the community. Letting folks know that Cottageville Police Department is more than just about stopping cars, we are about the people.” Cottageville Police Department displayed their patrol vehicles and had a tent filled with food, drinks, and prizes which were all free to the public. As the host of the event, Cottageville Police were able to interact with children as they arrived and no child left without a special prize and a belly full of food.

Colleton County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Raymond Davis and K9 Victor held a K9 Demonstration for the audience as they explained the purpose and benefit of a K9 and a live demonstration of an apprehension of a suspect. South Carolina Highway Patrol had a vehicle on display and was able to provide educational information a variety of topics from bicycle safety to the new car seat laws. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was able to provide the children an opportunity to experience their fishing simulator which included both fresh and salt water fish. Walterboro Police Department also had a patrol vehicle on display while offering children the opportunity to take home a card with their fingerprints. Colleton County Fire Rescue had one of their many ambulances on site for children to look through and trained personnel to show them all of the many gadgets that fire rescue uses every day and C.A.R.E. Flight who brought a helicopter out for children to sit in and explore. “We wanted to do something different so that folks would be able to connect with us and could connect with them and they could come out and get to know us a little bit better,” Chief Cook said, “Everybody out here is like a link in a chain, the more they understand us, the more they can make a conscious decision about us versus what the media tells them.” Although the weather cut the event short, each agency was able to interact with the Cottageville community and Chief Cook was very thankful, “Special thanks to everyone that was out here and Captain Thomas Herring and Judge Sandy Cox, those two is what made this event happen.”

Heather Walters (1410 Posts)