Public safety officers invited the public into their world on Sunday afternoon.
The space in front of the Civic Center, Redondo Beach Library, and Redondo Beach Police Department was scattered with informational booths and intriguing displays: police cars, fire engines, armored trucks, special weapons. This was the city’s 18th annual public safety fair.
Kids hopped onto police four-wheelers, posed with firefighters, and got personal handcuff tutorials from Police Chief Joe Leonardi.
Members of the public were able to take tours of the police department and its jail cell; gather information about emergency response work being undertaken in Redondo Beach; mix and mingle with uniformed officers; obtain free gun locks and children’s identity kids; and learn about SWAT.
Boy Scouts served up hot dogs from beneath the shade of an umbrella; a DJ pumped music into the summery air; and kids jumped in a bounce house despite the heat.
Below are photos of the fair, which was last week advertised on signage posted at major intersections in Redondo Beach and which necessitated the partial closure of Diamond St.
Police Chief Joe Leonardi shows a potential officer how to use handcuffs. ALL PHOTOS BY RACHEL REEVES
Chief Leonardi showing some more potential recruits how to use handcuffs.
Getting a close-up view of the inside of a fire engine.
A display of special weaponry at Sunday’s public safety fair in Redondo Beach.
A young boy gets a feel for being on a police four-wheeler.
Getting up-close and personal with the inside of a police vehicle.
Kids posing on the front of a Redondo Beach fire truck.
Boy Scouts served up hot dogs to the residents milling about the public safety fair.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving sponsored a display of a wrecked car — the result of a drunk driving accident.
The Redondo Beach CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) displays an example of an emergency kit.
Red E. Foxx, the mascot of the national 9-1-1 for Kids program, was at the Redondo Beach public safety fair on Sunday.
Local kids had plenty of entertainment options at the public safety fair.
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