Northwest NEWS

August 31, 1998

Local News

Sheriff's Youth Day set for Sept. 12

   by Woodinville Weekly staff
  
   SEATTLE--Pet a police pooch, direct a 911 call, meet the county sheriff, get your mug shot taken.
  
   Those will be just some of the activities for kids 10 to 18-years-old and their families during the King County Sheriff's Youth Day Sept. 12.
  
   It's a chance for young people around the county to "see, hear and experience" the world of law enforcement and learn about the many facets of the Sheriff's Office. "It's going to be as interactive as we can make it," said Sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart.
  
   Groups will be given tours of armored cars, the county's helicopter, Guardian 1, watch demonstrations of bomb disposal robots, see the SWAT team rappel down a building, and have the chance to pet K-9 (canine) "officers."
  
   There will be booths to give kids real-life experiences such as dispatching police to the scene of a crime staged on the pier.
  
   There will also be a bike rodeo, and kids are encouraged to take a mock officer entrance exam.
  
   Sheriff Dave Reichert will be on hand. Reichert, who has made efforts to reach out to kids since being elected to the office last year, held a picnic near North Bend for youths recently.
  
   Youth Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Pier 66 off of Alaskan Way on Seattle's waterfront.
  
   Walk-ins are welcome, but there must be someone between 10 and 18 to get in. "It's not for the adults to come play with the toys; it's for the kids," Urquhart said.
  
   There is no admission fee, though advance registration is required for groups.
   Call (206) 205-8247 for more information.