Rochester police to host open house June 3

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published May 31, 2017


ROCHESTER — Rochester police are offering people a behind-the-scenes look at their local law enforcement department this weekend.

The station will host its annual open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 3, a free event featuring tours, demonstrations and a number of other attractions.

Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm said the event provides hands-on tours of the department and is a fun way for the public to interact with officers.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to see their Police Department,” he said.

The open house features number of activities for people of all ages to participate in — including tours of the police station and vehicles, firearms demonstrations, free gun safety locks, evidence collection and crime scene investigation demonstrations, child safety seat inspections, a police motorcycle skills course demonstration, an unwanted prescription drug drop-off, a helicopter viewing and a police K-9 demonstration with Officer Michael Knight and K-9 Kitt.

In partnership with KLM Bike and Fitness, the event will also offer free bike safety inspections and free bike helmets for children who need them. Schettenhelm said kids who bring their bikes will be able to participate in a bike safety rodeo.

“The bike safety rodeo offers kids the chance to make sure their bikes are safe, their helmets fit properly and learn some safety tips on our rodeo course,” he said.

Those who attend the open house are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items for the Rochester Area Neighborhood House food pantry.

Mayor Cathy Daldin said she encourages all residents to come to the event.

“The city of Rochester prides itself on our ability to get our officers integrated in the community with the residents, and this is a perfect example of us doing that,” she said.

Rochester Police Lt. Paul Matynka said officers really enjoy connecting with the residents during the event.

“It’s really about building relationships with the community, especially with the children,” he said.

The Rochester Police Department is responsible for all police services within the 3.8-square-mile boundaries of the city. The department has 26 sworn officers — including detectives, command officers, road patrol officers and school liaison officers — as well as its own dispatch center with five dispatchers who answer the phones around the clock.

The Rochester Police Department is located at 400 Sixth St. For more information, call the Police Department at (248) 651-9621.