GAIN

A police dog gets ready to pounce on a “suspect” during a public demonstration at the Coolidge GAIN event in 2018.

COOLIDGE — The Coolidge Police Department will host GAIN on Oct. 24 at the Kenilworth Sports Complex.

GAIN, or Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods, is designed to bring law enforcement agencies and the community together in the hopes of promoting stronger partnerships between citizens and local police.

The largest annual event put on by CPD, GAIN gives members of the public a chance to learn more about law enforcement and crime prevention.

The event is also an opportunity for area residents to learn about what private and public resources are available to them, Coolidge Police Chief Jim Malinski said.

“This is a fantastic event for the entire community, young, old and everyone in between,” he said, “and a great opportunity to meet law enforcement personnel in a fun, interactive and positive setting.”

A number of community partners will also be joining CPD at GAIN this year, such as Coolidge Parks and Recreation, Coolidge Fire Department, Pinal County Attorney’s Office, Pinal Hispanic Council, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Border Patrol and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Every year, the expo also features a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including information booths, raffle prizes for children and adults, bounce houses, and even a “Dunk-a-Cop” booth.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to view rescue helicopters and may even run into McGruff the Crime Dog.

During the course of the event, CPD traditionally puts on a K9 demonstration featuring K9s and their handlers from different law enforcement agencies.

But this year’s gathering of community and law enforcement will also be a last of sorts for Malinski, who announced his plans to retire earlier this month.

”This will be my last GAIN event as chief and I would love for as many citizens as possible to attend,” he said.

GAIN begins at 6 p.m. and is held at Kenilworth Sports Complex, 671 E. Coolidge Ave. Admission and all activities are free.

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