Burke and Springfield-area kids and their families learn bicycle safety tips from officers with the West Springfield District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department Saturday. Photo Credit: Sherell Williams
Kids from across Fairfax County and their families joined police officers from the West Springfield District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) Saturday for a youth bicycle rodeo.
The station hosts the rodeo at least twice a year, according to Master Police Officer J.T. Frey with the Crime Prevention Office.
Neighborhood Patrol Unit officers taught participants several bicycle safety tips using an obstacle course that was set up for demonstrations. Some of the demonstrations included the proper way to steer your bike and pay attention to your surroundings, the importance of wearing a helmet and other safety tips.
Personnel from the FCPD traffic and operations support divisions helped teach kids about police equipment. There were also several police vehicles on display for the kids to check out. McGruff the Crime Dog also stopped by to hang out with the children.
The Fairfax County Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association also sold a variety of baked goods during the event.
As a special treat, rodeo participants also had the chance to view an FCPD helicopter during the event.