Over 5,000 people packed the Monroe Civic Center to see a side of the thin blue line they’ve never seen before.
It’s all part of the Public Safety Expo hosted by Louisiana State Police Troop F.
The event features canines trained to sniff out drugs, little boys who got a chance to sit in the hot seat of a fire truck, armored tanks, flashy motorcycles, and the opportunity to see what it’s like to flunk a sobriety test.
It’s a great way for families to meet the men and women behind the badge; and those who attended said there was plenty to remember:
“To see people get Tasered! Because I like to see the look on their face! They think it’s gonna be like, whatever. But one guy--he started crying and he spit out his gum!” said Peyton Zalewski, a police officer’s daughter.
Melodie Everritt said, “I was looking forward to seeing my uncle here because he works with state police. And I had a lot of fun!”
“It’s great! Anytime we get all agencies working together. It’s good for the community. They support us and we entertain and educate as well,” said Trooper Mark Dennis, with state police.
“I gained more respect for the police than I had ever before. They had goggles that made you feel drunk and we had to walk a straight line, I couldn’t. I ended up on the wrong side of the place!” said Zacchaeus Williams.