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Law Enforcement Day connects Rome Community with their police force

By By CAROLINE GABLE

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Rome Police Officers, New York State Police, and members of the Oneida County Sheriff's Patrol, along with several other law enforcement agencies, gathered Wednesday not for an emergency, but for the first ever Law Enforcement Day in Rome.

Hundreds of residents and kids looked on at Franklin Field in Rome as officers showed off exactly how they do their jobs.

The day's demonstrations started with a high-speed take down, and continued with K9 narcotics detection, and an officer rescue. Three new Rome Police Officers even volunteered for a real life demonstration where they were actually tased by fellow officers.

Every Rome Police Officer who carries a taser, at one time in their career, has been tased as a part of their training.

Rome Mayor James Brown is also scheduled to honor one outstanding Rome Police Officer, Donald Moore Wednesday night. Office Moore is the police officer who took down the shooter at an AT &T store in New York Mills.

Rome Police Chief Kevin Beach said the day is a good opportunity for residents to get to know the officers.

"Just to see us as normal human beings," Chief Beach said about what he hopes people get from the day. "We're part of the community. I think people realize that we're an important part of this community and we want to keep everyone safe. The guys are highly trained and highly capable members."

However, the main goal of Law Enforcement Day demonstrations are to keep citizens from ending up in any of the day's hypothetical and dangerous situations.

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