The purpose of this event is for area law enforcement and related agencies to gather in one location for people to see specialty vehicles, equipment and demonstrations, and to interact with officers. It is also used as a public education and recruitment tool by the police.
On display will be specialty vehicles such as a 6-wheel ATV, a Hummer, a Crime Scene vehicle, motorcycles and police bicycle units, as well as some surprises. An interactive alcohol and tobacco display will be run by the Niles Police Department. Some of the other interactive displays include: a 911 simulator (Northeast Illinois 911 — NEIL); “Drunk Goggles” (several Departments); and a Thermal Imaging Camera (Vernon Hills Police Department).
Other things going on:
- There will be five Police K9 demonstrations throughout the weekend: noon, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m. on Sunday. The demonstrations will be held on the lower level in front of the Victoria’s Secret Life is Pink store, halfway between Sears and the center court.
- A police helicopter will be landing at 2 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot outside of Sears (between Sears and Qdoba on Rt. 60) and will stay for about 60 minutes (all dependent on weather conditions).
- The Illinois Freemasons will be on hand to supply detailed identification kits for children, including fingerprints, photos and video interviews (lower level next to the children’s play area – next to Auntie Annie’s Pretzels).
“The Expo is an opportunity for us to showcase the positive aspects of police work,” said event coordinator Officer Sharon Joseph. “There’s so much more to what we do than what you see on television. We want people to come out and see what it’s really like — ask us questions, see some of our equipment, get to know us better.”
Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 9. Westfield Hawthorn is located at 122 Hawthorn Center (Routes 60 & 21) in Vernon Hills. Police exhibits will be available for public viewing during the entire weekend. There will also be plenty of free handouts and giveaways.
Additional information about the Exhibition can be found on the police department’s website.
Other participating law enforcement agencies include: the Grayslake Police Department, the Gurnee Police Department, the Lake County Sheriff's Office and the Buffalo Grove Police Department.
- The Vernon Hills Police Department provided this information.