Kids & Cops Day is May 18th

Fun Free Event for Families

Saturday May 18th will be the 8th annual Kids and Cops Day organized by the Lancaster Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, the Ohio University Law Enforcement Technology program, and the Lancaster Police Department (LPD).

This fun, free event will be held from 10 am to 2 pm at the Ohio University Lancaster (OUL) parking lot (1570 Granville Pike, Lancaster, OH), rain or shine. Created for families to bring their children to meet law enforcement officers and first responders in a festive environment, Kids and Cops Day has grown over the years to include Lancaster’s Police Department (including the SWAT Team and K9 Unit) and Fire Department as well as Pleasant Township, Richland Township, the Fairfield County Sheriff‘s Department and Fairfield County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), including their Dive Team, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Plenty of emergency vehicles and equipment will be on hand like police vehicles, motorcycles, fire engines, medic trucks, and an evacuation helicopter. Of special interest is the Lancaster Fire Department’s Smoke Truck which uses non-toxic smoke inside for the public to learn to navigate a situation with smoke like a fire.

“Seeing all of the smiles on the kids’ faces is the true reward,” said Dani Hamilton, who has been a Lancaster Citizen Police Academy Alumni since 2017. “For many people, the only time they interact with first responders is in a crisis. This event gives children the opportunity to meet first responders in a fun and friendly environment. And it gives the first responders that same chance, to see kids smiling and curious, having fun and learning about emergency equipment outside of a traumatic situation.” Hamilton said they expect 1,700 to 2,000 people to attend.


Fairfield County 2-1-1 Information and Referral Services
United Way of Fairfield County
Fairfield Medical Center including the CPR mobile unit
South Central Power’s Safety for Electricity demonstration

Enjoy Balloon Art, Weldon’s Ice Cream Factory free dots, free hot dogs, popcorn, and punch (while supplies last), and free t-shirts for the first 500 children who attend. Columbia Law is sponsoring a bike helmet giveaway.

Don’t miss your chance to dunk a cop or first responder at the Dunk Tank!

About Lancaster Citizen Police Academy Alumni
Kids and Cops Day is only one of many ways the Lancaster Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association supports the LPD. With 15 members, the Alumni Association is always looking for new members to join them. A Citizen Police Academy class is held annually, meeting once a week for 9 weeks, and graduates are invited to continue to use what they learned to assist the LPD through the Alumni Association. To learn more about the Lancaster Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association visit their website, or send an email.

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Lynda Berge Disser

By Lynda Berge Disser

Lynda Berge Disser started her community development career in 1991 as director of a non-profit housing organization in an historic neighborhood. She has led training workshops for community-driven housing and commercial development across the country and has written grants that have brought in over $100 million for community development. Lynda currently serves as Director of the City of Lancaster's Community Development Department.