Burleson Police Department hosts annual open house
Burleson backed the blue again by coming out in droves for the annual police department open house.
Every single division of BPD was present at the open house, from regular officers to SWAT. Volunteers who regularly work with BPD were also present, such as Citizens on Patrol, Police Academy Alumni, the Ministers and Officers for a Greater Burleson and the Burleson Police Foundation.
Kid-friendly activities were added this year and children had the chance to ride a bike safety course with four bikes donated by Bikes for Angels. The In-N-Out burger truck was also present and gave away 450 free burgers.
“The open house represents an opportunity for our citizens to visit with our staff, talk about some of the things we do and see the facility,” said Police Chief Billy Cordell. “The open house coincides with Police Week in an effort to highlight the great things officers and staff do in service to our community. We value the incredible support in Burleson and appreciate our citizens. The partnership is a recipe for success.”
Community Resource Officer Bob Sherman also voiced that opening the facility to the public helps build trust and respect with citizens.
“We’ve been doing open houses for a lot of years,” Sherman said. “This is our second at this facility and we try to make it better every year. We have a lot of great folks in the police department, marshal’s office and court system, who partnered with us this year. But it takes the public coming out to make it a success.”
Sherman said that this event might be the first time a child has a direct interaction with a police officer, so BPD tries to make it a memorable one.
“We try to be positive and we like that they come out and spend time with us,” he said.
SWAT Sergeant Don Adams said since the department serves the community, it is important for residents to have face-time with officers and understand the common goal of keeping the community safe. Shane Morrison, a negotiations officer with SWAT, also said exposing children to police officers at a young age will enable them to not be afraid of the police.
“Of course, getting to know the different departments and divisions is important,” Morrison said. “Bringing the kids out is a big deal, we want them to know that we are here for them. We don’t want them to be scared of us.”
The SWAT and negotiations divisions work together congruently to solve situations safely, Adams said, and during these kinds of events, the public is naturally curious.
Trey Brown and his family, who moved to Burleson in September, heard about the event on social media and came to check it out.
“We wanted to be a part of the community and see what all they had to offer,” Brown said. “So far, we have not been disappointed and our two young kids have loved it.”