Rome Police set demo program

The third annual Rome Police Department Law Enforcement Day and fireworks are coming back to Franklyn’s Field on Friday, July 20.

The event is free, and located at the park between North James Street and Black River Boulevard. Events and demonstrations will run from 2 to 10 p.m.

The Rome Police Department will offer demonstrations throughout the afternoon of the Special Response Team, the K-9 unit, and the proper use of police Tasers. There will also be several different types of police vehicles at the park, so people can get an up close look at the department’s crimefighting equipment.

New this year will be a booth dedicated to "bath salts" and synthetic drug awareness.

"Both adults and children alike enjoy the interaction with the police, law enforcement members from all different agencies," said Detective Commander Timothy J. Bates.

"It gives the officers an opportunity to meet the public, one that’s not where the person is either a victim or a suspect," Bates stated. People can meet and ask questions of officers from the Rome Police, as well as other local and federal agencies.

For the children, there will also be a petting zoo, face painting, a climbing rock wall and a bouncy house. There will also be fitness competitions and games.

For parents, the event will feature a child car seat inspection and installation station, as well as a booth to make child I.D.s.

Live music will be performed by Fritz’s Polka Band and Whisper. Fireworks will be launched at dusk.