HUNDREDS of people attended the first ever South Wales Police Family Fun Day at Cardiff Castle.
Officers provided a series of displays during the event including a public order scenario, taser demonstrations, and underwater searches.
Demonstrations by the police dogs were particularly popular and members of the public had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a variety of police vehicles.
Other organisations including the Army, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, the RNLI, Welsh Rugby Union, Cardiff City FC and Glamorgan Cricket were also involved in the day as well.
The force Twitter accounts were updated throughout the day receiving positive feedback from the public.
Richard Williams (@rjwilliams88) said: “Great service by @swpeast @swpolice at Cardiff Castle fun day today. Got my bike security marked, registered it and a free UV pen too. Like!”
Tracey Jenkins from Cardiff who attended the event with her husband, daughter and friend, said: “Today has been very informative and full of fun. “The demonstrations were really good and we’ve had good crime prevention advice about how to secure your home. We’ve also had information about how to keep your children safe on the internet which was really useful.”
Margaret Roestorf, from South Africa, who was in Cardiff on holiday, said: “It’s been fantastic. Can I bring a bus and import the South Wales Police to South Africa to join our force?”
Visitors were also able to get their hands on an advance copy of the book A Hero’s Tail which provides more than 90 stories from the force’s dog handlers.
A Hero’s Tail, which is a project between the force, Wood Green, The Animal
Charity, Dogs Trust, and private sector sponsors, aims to improve the welfare of the dedicated animals and serve the public while also improving the living accommodation for our dogs.
Deputy Chief Constable Matt Jukes and Dennis Baker, Wood Green, The Animal Charity both gave speeches at the fun day.
Superintendent Danny Richards from South Wales Police, based in Cardiff, said: “The Family FunDay at Cardiff Castle had something for everyone.
“It was a fantastic way for people to informally meet not only their local police officers but also officers from specialist force departments and find out more about the work they carry out.
“We could not have organised this event without the support of our partners, particularly Cardiff Council who provided such a wonderful venue.”
Anyone wishing to purchase A Hero’s Tail can do so from http://www.woodgreenshop.org.uk/
All money raised from the day’s activities will go to A Hero’s Tail and the Lord Mayor’s charity, Cardiff Foodbank.