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PCC joins Force in welcoming thousands to Family Fun Day
Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, joined Chief Constable Jon Boutcher to welcome families from across the county to enjoy a fun packed day of police cars, police dogs and rides to raise money for charity.

Despite the wet weather, over two thousand people turned out for the annual Family Fun Day (Saturday 8 September) to help raise money for the charity Embrace CVOC, which supports child victims of crime, with over £1,200 raised so far.

“My team worked tirelessly over the past year to help plan this year’s event and to make it bigger and better than ever. We held our nerve and refused to cancel even though the weather forecasts showed rain moving towards us across the country only to see it dry up just as the event started so the helicopter from the National Police Aviation Service could land and two thousand could join in and support Bedfordshire Police.

“I lost count of the number of children in mini police outfits having a fantastic time. This was a genuine opportunity to reach out to our communities and they came out in force. The fact that such a wonderful amount was also raised for charity is a brilliant bonus,” said Commissioner Holloway.

Throughout the day, children got the chance to jump into police cars, a fire engine and police 4x4 vehicles and onto Roads Policing motorcycles to test the sirens and learn about what the vehicles can do. The helicopter also made an appearance, bowing in salute to the Chief Constable before landing on the field and opening its doors to the public.

Thousands gathered around the centre of the field to watch the much anticipated police dog display, demonstrating drug searches as well as tracking and stopping a suspect. Visitors also got the chance to meet retired police dog Finn, who is well-known for his near fatal injuries when chasing a suspect which left him with several stab wounds, leading directly to Finn’s Law to protect police animals.

“There is something very special about the community and the police that serve them coming together for a celebration, makes every painful step on tired feet 100% worth it. A huge thank you to every single individual and team that supported the day. I look forward to the same again next year,” said OPCC Chief Executive, Clare Kelly.

“Our annual Family Fun Day was bigger and better than ever. It was so lovely to see so many families from across the county enjoying all the rides, the dog display and getting a chance to meet our officers who were helping to run the event. Thank you to everyone who helped to raise money for Embrace, a very worthy cause and I hope to see everyone again next year,” said Chief Constable Jon Boutcher.

Detective Sergeant Pete Ward, from the Cyber Team, said: “The new Cyber Triage Van attended its first Family Fun Day on Saturday. Officers from the Digital Media Investigation Team were able to highlight the positive impact of this new crime fighting capability, explaining to attendee’s the numerous benefits that Bedfordshire victim’s would feel. They ran a fastest lap on Super Mario Cart utilising the technology within the van which was extremely well received by both children and adults alike.”

In amongst all the fun activities, there were many police stalls with staff on hand to talk to visitors about cybercrime, the Watch schemes such as Neighbourhood Watch, hate crime and volunteering.

“Bedfordshire Police really wanted to make the day count and inspire another generation of would-be police officers or volunteers to work with us. Special thanks have to go to our partners, including the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service who came along to support the Force. In fact one sign that working collaboratively is really working is that I knew all their personnel already!” said the PCC.