OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Oxford police hosted their 5th annual OPD Fun Day.
The entire event was free for the community.
"We have OPD Fun Day just to spend time with the community," said event organizer Bridgett Frierson. "And we get to know them better and they can see the officers without their uniforms on."
Children and their families were able to get to know Oxford police as well as the Oxford Fire Department.
The event hosted a series of activities including: meeting the Oxford Mounted, an obstacle course with the SWAT team, hay rides, bouncy houses and much more.
While the event focused on the community, many with the department say it was a chance to get to know who they are serving.
"This is who we are," said Chief of Police Joey East. "We are all about our community here. We are involved in our community."
"It let's people know, you don't have to be afraid of me. I'm not your enemy. You know, I'm your friend. I'm here to help you. I'm here to support you," said Earlean Gilleylen. "And this is a great thing to do."
Gilleylen is from Amory, but her daughter is an officer for the Oxford Police Department. She says this is the kind of event that should be in every community.