Lewisville holding “Police in the Plaza” event Tuesday, Aug. 9

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Come celebrate the birthday of the Lewisville Police Department and visit with the police officers that serve our community, at the first “Police in the Plaza” event, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 6-8:30 p.m., Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church Street.

Lewisville Police Department was officially created on Aug. 9, 1939. Attendees at this event will learn about the history of the department and about modern-day crime-fighting techniques and equipment. The armored SWAT vehicle known as the Bearcat will be on display, along with several other LPD cruisers. Attendees will have the chance to look inside all the vehicles, learn how they work and their importance in helping officers effectively do their jobs. Two K9 officers and their handlers also will be on-site to demonstrate their role in the crime-fighting process.

Lewisville Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association will have a Child ID booth. A Child ID kit consists of a current picture, physical description of the child, and their fingerprints. One of the most important tools for law enforcement when searching for a missing child is an up-to-date, quality photo along with descriptive information.

Lewisville Fire Department will join their brothers and sisters in blue at this event. There will be one ladder truck and one of the new fire engines on-site that attendees can look over and learn about.

Two of the LFD Life and Fire Safety Clowns will be there to entertain kids and teach them about fire safety.

Animal Services will have a special adoption center set up in the Plaza, and representatives will be handing out literature on adoptions and volunteer opportunities. Animal Services is coming off a very successful “Clear the Shelters” event and is looking to find some dogs a new, forever home. You can learn more about some of the animals available for adoption by visiting the Animal Services Facebook page.

Members of Lewisville’s Neighborhood Services will be on-site to answer resident’s questions and offer tips to improve their neighborhoods. They will provide information on the Neighbors Leading Neighbors program that focuses on neighborhood identification and revitalization, first-time homebuyer’s classes, Code Enforcement, and Community Development Block Grants. Attendees also will be able to learn about the City’s new Property Enhancement Program that offers financial assistance to qualified homeowners who need to make essential home repairs but lack sufficient resources.

This is a free, family event. Attendees will be able to park in the east and west lots of City Hall and in the public parking lots located just south of Main Street. Attendees can bring their own food and drinks to this event, and there will be food trucks on-site to purchase food. Those food trucks are: Pop’s Kettle Corn, Ruthie’s Rolling Café – featuring grilled cheese sandwiches, and Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream.

Attendees should note that glass bottles are strongly discouraged in Wayne Ferguson Plaza. Smoking/vaping is prohibited on the Great Lawn and in the splash pad. Attendees also are reminded there is no swimming or playing in the flowing water feature that runs along the north side of the Plaza. Well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome; owners are expected to clean up after their animals, and plastic bag dispensers are available on site.