COOLIDGE — In what turned out to be a highly attended event, the Coolidge Police Department brought law enforcement personnel and the community together to enjoy a breezy evening that was jam packed with information and resources, food, fun and plenty of good times for all.
Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods, or G.A.I.N., seeks to promote stronger relationships between Arizona police agencies and the communities they serve, while providing members of the public with information on crime prevention and safety.
This year, G.A.I.N. attracted crowds of people to the Kenilworth Sports Complex Thursday evening, as well as vendors hosting information booths and several booths designed to give event attendees greater insight into the different areas of law enforcement.
Other community partners that were also at the event included the Coolidge Parks & Recreation Department, the Coolidge Fire Department, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
There was also plenty of fun to be had by children and adults alike. Youngsters enjoyed jumping castles and even gave it their best shot at the “Dunk-a-Cop” activity booth.
McGruff the Crime Dog was also on hand to take photos with those in attendance.
However, as in previous years, the height of the evening was the K-9 demonstration, where the Coolidge Police Department officially debuted the newest member of the department, K-9 Officer “Robbie,” who was among the dogs participating in the annual demonstration. The demo typically features police dogs from departments around Pinal County, including Casa Grande Police Department and DPS.
The event wrapped up with the awarding of raffle prizes for children and adults.