Police Show New Tools, Technology

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- People are coming together to honor police officers and remember law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as part of National Police Week.

Officers showed the community a piece of K-9 training along with other demonstrations on Monday.

Wearing a protective sleeve, Sgt. Rod Pollard showed what a trained dog will do when prodded. Officers also showed off biking and motorcycle skills.

A goal of Monday's open house was to explain jobs to people not in the police force.

Officers say SWAT isn't something people need to be afraid of as it's viewed as intimidating.

"We've gotta get out of that mindset. But if you're saying this is your elite group that's going to go in and save your children or your wife or your loved ones, that's, you've gotta come to grips with the fact that yeah you need to equip these people, and you need to provide the support," said Sgt. Pete Ritchie Jr. with the Harrisonburg Police Department.

Officers also demonstrated new tools, including small cameras, that can be thrown into homes.

There will be a flag ceremony for National Peace Officers Day at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

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