Springfield Police host 5th annual open house

      SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- From kids dressing in SWAT gear to K9 unit demos, the public got a firsthand look at everything the Springfield Police Department does to protect its citizens on Saturday at their 5th annual open house event.

      As Saturday also marked national "Thank A Police Officer" day, Springfield Police Captain Rich Lewis said the open house is a good opportunity to bring the community and police department together.

      "The kids get a chance to sit in the police car, to go in the back of the swat van those are things you don't get to do everyday," Cpt. Lewis said.

      Lewis said their department receives over 90,000 non-emergency calls each year. The over 500 community members who came out to the department's open house got to tour the facility where those calls are handled.

      "It's a chance for citizens to come down there in a very informal fashion and have a chance to ask questions they've always wanted to ask," said Cpt. Lewis.