Police sponsors fest in Kaiserslautern

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

The Police Headquarters Westpfalz and the German Federal Police Office Kaiserslautern sponsor a police fest 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

***image1***The fest is set up on Bahnhofstrasse from the main train station to Eisenbahnstrasse and in front of the police headquarters and the court building. There will be demonstrations, displays, information, music, children’s activities and discussions.

Minister of State Karl Peter Bruch opens the “60 Years of Polizei in Rheinland-Pfalz” exhibition at 9:30 a.m.

There also is a historical display of the Westpfalz police which goes back to the Middle Ages. Times of the Third Reich and today as well as a review of last year’s police missions during the FIFA World Cup are in the focus.

Festivities on the stages start at 10 a.m. and Police President Wolfgang Erfurt officially opens the event at 10:30 a.m.

“With the festivities being held to observe 60 years of Rheinland-Pfalz and 60 years of Polizei in Rheinland-Pfalz, we want to give people the opportunity to get to know their police better,” said Mr. Erfurt in a fest booklet. “Police officers are available to answer questions in different languages – German, English, Turkish, Spanish, French and Italian,” he added.

Demonstrations include the presentations of police dogs, vehicle, equipment and the special mission team.

***image2***Visitors can tour the police buildings and the prison cell for people who get arrested for drug and alcohol related offenses.

Two police music bands perform from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the stage in front of the police headquarters building.

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band Wings of Dixie provides entertainment from 3:15 to 5 p.m.

Street dance, break-dance, rap, hip hop and rock performances are presented from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second stage in front of the court building.

Children can turn into little detectives and look for gemstones hidden in a sand box and watch puppet theater performances. They also can board a kiddie train in front of the train station, which takes them to the traffic circle with the concrete statues of the “11 Friends” and back.

Due to preparations for FIFA World Cup 2006, the Westpfalz Police Headquarters was not able to sponsor an open house like all the other police stations and facilities did last year.

“That’s why we want to celebrate with people of this region now and to thank them for their sympathy with us during last year’s “summer dream,” said Arno Heeling from the Westpfalz Police Headquarters press desk.

The Police Headquarters Westpfalz is down the street from the main train station in Kaiserslautern.