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How to Meet a Local Police Officer, Firefighter Up Close and Personal

Manhattan Beach Police and Fire Departments are hosting the Annual Police & Fire Open House on Saturday, May 10.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
From a Manhattan Beach Police Department press release:

Manhattan Beach Police and Fire Departments are hosting the Annual Police & Fire Open House on Saturday, May 10.

This long-time event has been a community favorite for many generations and serves as recognition for National Police Week (aka: Blue Ribbon Week). In addition, the 7th Annual Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony will take place on the same day. 

The city of Manhattan Beach will remember three Manhattan Beach Police Officers who have been killed in the line of duty: Officer Charles Frederick Grau (End of Watch: Sept. 11, 1952), Officer Richard Timothy Giles (End of Watch: Feb. 14, 1962) and Officer Martin Lane Ganz (End of Watch: Dec. 27, 1993). 

Our community is invited to join city officials, police and fire staff and families of our fallen officers as we honor and celebrate their lives. 

The Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony will take place in the Public Safety parking lot (15th St/Valley Dr) at 10 a.m and will immediately be followed by the Police & Fire Open House at 11 a.m.

The Police and Fire facilities are located at 400/420 15th Street on the corner of 15th Street and Valley Drive. Visitors can enter the event site on Valley Drive, between 13th and 15th streets. 

The Police & Fire Open House showcases the services, equipment, as well as staff that provide public safety and emergency response to our community. Guests will have the opportunity to meet members of the MBPD and MBFD including: SWAT Team, Motor/Traffic Officers, Parking/Animal Control, Firefighters/Paramedics, as well as volunteers who support Neighborhood Watch, Victim Assistance, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Explorers and the Volunteers in Policing program. 

In addition, the Police Jail and Fire Station will be open for guided tours throughout the day.

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