OAKLAND -- The Oakland Police Department will hold its third annual Open House May 9 where the public can meet police officers from the newest rookie to Interim Chief Sean Whent and learn how the department operates.

The event will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. at police headquarters, 455 Seventh Street at Broadway.

Officer Johnna Watson said the Open House is "designed to showcase the interesting work taking place at OPD and to provide opportunities for relationship building and meaningful discussions."

Besides having an opportunity to meet police officers and civilian members of the department, those attending will be offered refreshments and appetizers and get to hear live music.

McGruff the Crime Dog will be attending, the police helicopter will do a flyover at 5:15 p.m. and the department's marine patrol boats will be on display as well.

Past open houses have drawn hundreds of residents and business owners.



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