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Hollywood fire, police departments host open house

Event will have police dogs, crime scene activities

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Hollywood residents will get a glimpse of what a career in public safety entails on May 7 during the Public Safety Open House. 

The goal of the event is to give the community a general overview of what public safety jobs entail, bring awareness to careers in public safety, promote positive interaction between community and police officers (and) firefighters, provide additional information regarding the city resources and programs, and have fun teaching it," Hollywood police Lt. Selina Hightower said.

Police dogs, crime scene activities and vehicle displays will be available at the event, and families will be able to get a free child identification card and speak with law enforcement.

"The community should really come out to meet their local police officers and firefighters," Hightower said. "They will get a firsthand look of what the job is about and it will be a very informative and fun event."

In addition to public safety-themed activities, there will be face painting, bounce houses and food at the event.  

"The setting turns into a fun carnival-like setting," Joel Medina, Hollywood division chief of emergency medical service and training said. "It's a very fun way to teach what public safety jobs are about."

The Public Safety Open House will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Safety Training Facility,  3400 N 56th Ave.

- Local10.com intern Michaelangelo Hamilton contributed to this report