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Public safety day
Oak Bluffs police officer Steve Connolly takes a picture as the State Police helicopter takes off from Waban Park. Photos by Ralph Stewart
The entire works of a community's safety team were on display at last Saturday's Public Safety Day sponsored by the Oak Bluffs Police Department. On display at Waban Park was everything from new Dodge Charger police cruisers, to fire trucks, Coast Guard life jackets, and a helicopter. Public officials spent the day giving out critical safety knowledge to the approximately 300 attendees.
The Oak Bluffs Police were there with plenty of information about their new cruisers. "They're cheaper, handle better, faster, and more fuel efficient," said Officer Damien Harris. "They're $1,000 cheaper than the Crown Vics [Victorias]." They are complete with a spot for a future computer screen, so officers can run license plates themselves, and not have to be on the radio as frequently with the communication center.
The Oak Bluffs police and fire boat put on a water show for spectators at the Oak Bluffs Town Beach parallel to Waban Park.
Sergeant Michael Marchand, the Island's only Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician, spent the day inspecting children's car safety seats. "Ninety percent of child safety seats are installed incorrectly," he said. As a continuing part of Public Safety Day, the Oak Bluffs Police department is giving away 80 certified child car seats that Sgt. Marchand will help install correctly. "To be able to give someone a new car seat - there's nothing more precious than kids," said Erik Blake, Chief of Police.