Get a hot dog, learn about the Rock Hill police at open house

Rock Hill police officers will show off their high-tech equipment and talk about job opportunities at an annual open house today.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the department's Black Street headquarters next to City Hall. Free hot dogs and snacks will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The department hosts the event every year to share the wide range of jobs available and to talk about weaponry and techniques used to protect the city.

SWAT and bomb squad members will hold live demonstrations, and SWAT's Dragoon armored personnel carrier will be on display.

Officers will be available to talk about three initiatives:

• Weed & Seed, a federal program that pays for stepped-up policing, job training and after-school programs in neighborhoods with high crime rates.

• A new street crimes unit with five officers who focus on hot-button crime issues around the city, such as drug dealing and car break-ins. It took until this year to be fully staffed.

• A new full-time gang investigator, Detective Tim Ayers, in charge of identifying and tracking suspected gang members. Police believe Rock Hill is home to about 170 active members in 45 different gangs.

For information about the event, contact Officer Tim Marquez at 329-7225.

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