ALBANY -- Meet public safety workers, get community safety information and take part in family activities at a free open house from 1 to 4 p.m. July 21 at the Albany Police Department, 1000 San Pablo Ave.
"Safety Palooza," a pre-event to National Night Out, a block party on Aug. 6 that will take place in multiple neighborhoods around town, will run in the City Hall parking lot next to the department.
"We welcome everybody to come," Albany Community Engagement Specialist Karina Tindol said. "It's a great opportunity for people to visit with police officers and learn about their jobs and what they do on a one-on-one, personal basis. It's designed to try to improve safety throughout the entire city of Albany."
A 25-foot-tall rock climbing wall will be one of the attractions. There will also be face painting for kids and remote control police cars (not actual size). Residents can tour the department as well. Bike helmets will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis and parents can also pick up a child ID kit.
An interactive show-and-tell table will have shields and batons among other items and a police car and a parking enforcement vehicle will be on display. "People can climb inside and take pictures and see what kind of technology we have inside our vehicles," Tindol said.
Participants can also try to pick out a real gun from a fake next to it -- from a distance, of course. There will be an observation skills challenge as well, in which players will get 30 seconds to look at a photograph, then have to answer questions about it.
A raffle will be held with local businesses donating prizes.