On April 27, the Florida Highway Patrol joined other agencies across the state for National Bring Your Child to Work Day. From K-9s to computers, the kids were taught some valuable safety lessons. Each agency brought something different to the event. The kids had many questions, and fortunately the adult participants were able to answer them.
In Miami, Troop E joined FDLE and DOT to provide children of employees with an understanding of what their parents' jobs entail. Troopers Joe Mosca and Orlando Saavedra brought K-9's Troll and Pedro to help demonstrate and explain the role of K-9 cops. Motorman Mike Valdez showed off his Harley-Davidson Police Motorcycle. Troopers explained the relationship between FHP and the Road Ranger program while a Road Ranger showed the children how the tow truck works and all the special equipment he uses to assist motorists on the highways.
In Tallahassee, the FHP joined other members of the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), as well as a deputy from the Leon County Sheriff's Office (LCSO), in presenting an interesting and educational program. LCSO Deputy Cathy Gardner talked about computer safety, FHP Sergeant Kelly Hildreth covered traffic safety, and Sergeant Belarmino Martinez explained how his patrol car works. The FHP Auxiliary offered the children tours of the new FHP Mobile Command Center. The kids especially liked the camera on top that could be controlled from a computer inside the vehicle. The event wrapped up with a coloring contest, a tour of the department's computer room, and snacks in the auditorium.
Each year, more and more public safety and law enforcement employees are taking advantage of this day to educate their children on safety issues. And what better way to get the message across than making it fun and interesting? This year was no exception.