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HPD to host Trick-or-Treat event for residents with Down syndrome

Posted October 4, 2019 in Police by Andrea Litchfield

Members of the community with Down syndrome are invited to trick-or-treat with Hilliard police this month as part of the agency’s first Law Enforcement LowDOWN event.

The Law Enforcement LowDOWN is a coordinated effort between the Hilliard Division of Police and the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO) and is sponsored by Columbia Gas of Ohio. 

The event will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Safety Services Building, 5171 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn basic safety skills and become familiar with local police officers. Activities will include a tour of the police station, a question and answer session with officers, a visit from the police mascot “Leo the Lion,” an opportunity to see a police cruiser, and a visit from a police K9.

Families will also learn about services and resources available to residents that may help in an emergency. 

The program will conclude with a trick-or-treating session with police officers and firefighters.

“We’re thrilled to bring this program to Hilliard for the first time,” said Chief of Police Robert Fisher. “This is an opportunity for a beneficial day of learning and fun with an important sector of the population we serve.”

“There is much to be gained from the Down syndrome and broader developmental disability community engaging with their local law enforcement in a controlled setting,” said Kari Jones, DSACO president and CEO. “Both parties can gain a deeper understanding of one another and become more equipped with safety strategies.”

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. All ages are welcome. Register with DSACO here.