On 2nd April the Police organised an Every Day Hero’s display in the Botany Town Centre showcasing organisations who are Every Day Hero’s to the public. These organisations included Airport Fire, Coastguard, Customs, Search & Rescue, St Johns, the WanderSearch Auckland tracking program and other Police units with these displays being located in the main car park in Botany. On one of the side streets between the shops other groups were located including a display on drug labs, Victim Support, Neighbourhood Watch plus several police vehicles as well as a live band helping to keep everyone entertained.
The day was an opportunity for the public to get up and close to the different groups, ask questions and find out more about them and what they do.
WanderSearch Auckland Charitable Trust were co-located with the Police Search & Rescue team in the main car park and we enjoyed a steady stream of visitors throughout the day wandering through our displays and asking questions not only about the WanderSearch tracking program but also about Search & Rescue in general.
Members of the public were surprised to learn how busy the Search & Rescue team in Auckland were and were even more surprised when told how many people living with cognitive impairment’s such as dementia or autism, were reported missing each day in Auckland.
The public were kept entertained throughout the day with singers, dancers and performer doing their act on the big stage in the main car park and the static display which drew the biggest crowds happened to be the huge yellow Airport Fire truck, which all the children (and some adults) had the opportunity to sit inside.
Other Police displays which drew big crowds were the decaled Tractor as well as the equipment used by Team Policing including shields and a display of weapons however the highlight of the day had to go to the Police Dog display with the show stealer being the eight week old puppy who showed that he has all the right ingredients to make a good Police dog when he grows up.
Generally a great day enjoyed by all and the rain co-operated and held off until after the event finished.