OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - The Oxford Police Department held an event to show the community the softer side of law enforcement, the side that doesn't write tickets.
The department held an open house Saturday and invited the community for free food, activities and a tour of the newly renovated facility.
Captain Joey East says they repainted, installed new floors and refurnished the offices.
At the open house, officers also showed children things like the method of fingerprinting and the K-9 dog unit.
"We're part of the Oxford community," East said. "We have children here. We have classes with everybody. We want to show our young officers that our job is to protect everybody. We're public servants, and we want the community to know that they can approach us anytime. We're just like they are - no better, no worse."
East was hired as Chief of Police by Oxford's Board of Aldermen in February, and he says he plans to make the open house an annual event.