Tasman District road policing manager Grant Andrews is looking forward to the Cops with Cakes event. Photo: Sara Hollyman.

Cops swapping cuffs for cakes

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Local cops are trading their cuffs for cakes in the name of community safety next weekend.

Cops with Cakes is a unique road safety expo and community event, combining road and community safety information with family friendly activities and lots of fun thrown in for the kids.

The region’s emergency services will combine to showcase what they are about, with a few tricks up their sleeves to entertain the whole family.

Tasman District road policing manager Grant Andrews says the day is all about bringing the community together in an informal environment to get to know emergency services staff and ask any burning questions.

“We want them to walk around, feel comfortable and have fun, it’s a bonus that the kids get fed for free.”

Giveaways on the day include a 2000 ‘Copcakes’, an Avanti mountain bike from My Ride Richmond and a car seat from Baby on the Move Nelson, as well as a free sausage sizzle and ice blocks for kids.

Baby on the Move will be on hand to check child restraints are correctly fitted which Grant says is something police don’t often encounter.

“A lot of those vehicles we look at, most of them are incorrectly fitted in some way. It’s about keeping your loved ones safe in the car.”

Grant says police will have plenty on hand to keep the whole family busy.

“We are bringing along our impairment goggles which lets people know what degree of intoxication they are and how it affects their driving.”

Police will also have an obstacle course, recruiting stand, and a child-friendly Physical Competency Test, which will be monitored by a police speed laser to try and find the fastest runner of the day.

Fire and Emergency NZ will set their kitchen trailer alight to demonstrate just how quickly a fire can spread through unattended cooking, and NZTA will bring provide a safe stopping demonstration.

Grant says the stopping demonstration is about showing the difference in a car’s ability to stop between 50kph and 60kph.

“At 50kph you can actually stop and not hit and injure another person, but at 60kph you will hit them.

Cops with Cakes will be held at Saxton Field on Sunday November 10, from 11am-2pm.