Niles Police held a community event for child safety and community relations on August 4.
The Niles Police Department held a Community Walk and Roll event on August 4, which included a K-9 demonstration, raffle, food, giveaways and a layout for kids to navigate their trikes and bicycles in a miniature city.
The event, which took place outside Notre Dame College Preparatory School, was a local part of a nationwide campaign to promote safety awareness and a sense of community among residents and first responders .
This is the second national evening organized by the department during the pandemic. Police Chief Luis Tigera said the department’s main objective with this year’s event was to educate children in the village about pedestrian and cyclist safety.
Police K-9 Deuce, a German Shepherd, demonstrated with his handler, Officer David Harris. Among the skills Deuce showed were how to bite and restrain an aggressive person and how to sniff out controlled substances from a series of identical boxes.
The Niles Fire Department also participated in the event, bringing a fire truck and a popcorn machine along with several of their explorers, who are high school students and older college students who have a fore- taste of a career in the emergency services.
Other features of the Walk and Roll event included a raffle for prizes including bikes and helmets, tacos from the Big Rig Taco Truck, and the Kids Race Course where young residents could pedal around obstacles in the pint size like buildings and parking meters.
After calling the raffle winners, the Niles Police Bike Unit set off with a group of children and parents on bikes for a short ride and ride.