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C.O.P.S. Festival to be held at fairgrounds on Oct. 10

LAWRENCEVILLE - The 12th annual C.O.P.S. (Community Oriented Police Services) Festival will be held Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

The C.O.P.S. program is the Gwinnett County Police Department's neighborhood watch.

Police officer Todd Topor, who works in the Crime Prevention Unit, is one of the festival's organizers.

"The C.O.P.S. Festival really celebrates the partnership between Gwinnett County's police department, neighborhoods that participate in the C.O.P.S. program and the community as a whole," Topor said. "We encourage Gwinnett County residents to join us for this fun, free event."

Various department units including SWAT, K-9, aviation and the DUI Task Force will be on hand, setting up displays and giving demonstrations. Other governmental and nonprofit agencies are expected to also be present, providing safety information. These include the District Attorney's Office victim assistance program, the Solicitor's Office, Partnership against Domestic Violence and Keeping Kids Safe.

The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services is also scheduled to participate.

For the children, organizers said there will be a fun area that will include a moonwalk and other activities.