Nassau and Suffolk county police are hosting open houses at their respective headquarters in Mineola and Yaphank for the annual National Police Week events.

Nassau police kick off their open house at 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and Suffolk police opened their doors Monday and will continue hosting demonstrations starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, which draws the biggest crowds.

“The point of this is to educate children as to what the police department does and what they can do for you,” said Det. Lt. Robert Donahue, who leads Suffolk police Crime Stoppers. “It’s a day of fun.”

He said the 45-minute demonstration includes Highway Patrol, Emergency Services Unit (ESU), K-9, Aviation and Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC). Crime Scene and ESU investigators will also have educational displays set up.

Nassau police exhibits and demonstrations include the Arson/Bomb Squad, Bureau of Special Operations, Mounted Unit, Highway Patrol K-9, Crime Scene, Aviation and Marine Bureau officers and detectives.

Police Week is usually accompanied by memorial services for fallen officers. Suffolk police are hosting their memorial service on Friday. Nassau are hosting theirs on Wednesday, May 22.

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