Academy in public sights 

THE Goulburn Police Academy is holding its annual Open Day at the campus this Sunday.

Acting Inspector Brett Roeder said there will be many activities and demonstrations taking place, including tours of the site accompanied by current students.

“This is a great opportunity to open up the Academy to members of the public to see what we get up to everyday,” he said.

“In the past, we’ve had up to 6000 people during the course of the day, and so it’s a good event to see a cross-section of all the units the police have, including specialised units such as the Bomb Squad, Dog Unit, Bicycle Unit plus a whole array of displays including weapons and tactics displays.

“They did a similar thing at last year’s Royal Easter Show with ‘The Cube’, and we will be doing the same thing this year, with tazer demonstrations and ‘simunition’, which involves the use of ‘paintball’ type rounds in firearms.”

Members of the public will also be taken on a tour of the SPAC (Simulated Policing Acquiring Competence) village, where officers carry out roleplay scenarios in a mock village, with mock shops and a bank, etc.

“We won’t be doing displays in this area as such, but we will be showing the public where we carry this training out,” Acting Inspector Roeder said.

Mr Roeder also said that traffic management will be put in place in streets around the Academy.

“There will be disruptions to locals around the North Goulburn area, in areas such as Sydney Rd, Union St, turning right into Wilmot St, and into Chantry St,” he said.

“Middle Arm Rd and McDermott Drive will also be quite busy, and when people leave, another area that could be disrupted will be around the areas from McDermott Drive to Victoria St, Citizen St, and Lagoon St.”

He said that police would be at points around those areas doing their best to keep a good traffic flow.

“Between 9 and 10am should be the peak times when we will get the most traffic, and between 3 and 4pm when the day finishes,” Acting Insp. Roeder said.

“If it’s raining the day will still go ahead, unless it becomes really bad.”

There will also be activities for the kids in ‘Kid’s Corner’, and four different food outlets selling everything from sausage sandwiches, cakes and muffins to fairy floss and ice cream. Parking will also be available on the Police Academy grounds, with overflow parking on McDermott Drive and surrounding streets.

So get down to the Police Academy on McDermott Drive from 10am-3pm this Sunday.

For any more information, call the Academy on 4828 8525, or visit their Facebook page.

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