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In the early morning hours of Nov. 19 The Tri-County task force executed search warrants and rounded up nine people suspected of various crimes related to drug activity.
But the same day, around 6 p.m., Captain Bill Seay of the Colonial Beach Police Department was hosting a tour of the station for 10 Girl Scout Daisies.
Captain Seay explained to the group of 5 to 7 year olds that the police are not necessarily always going out here and locking up the bad guys, but that they are community oriented.
“We enjoy this opportunity to interact with you where you come in to learn more about the police department,” Seay told the girls.
After a quick overview of the services the police provide, he opened up the discussion for questions.
“The questions were fascinating from these young girls!” Captain Seay said.
First the girls asked what type of vehicles the police had and if they had radar. “Yes we have radar in a lot of our units,” the captain said. “We have marked police cars that have a blue bar light. We have radios in there and we have the lights and the sirens.”
One young lady asked, “Do you have any cars that don’t look like a police car but they are a police car?”
“Those would be our unmarked vehicles,” Captain Seay responded. “We have about four or five of those.”
He explained that even though they don’t look like police cars they have lights, sirens and radar as well. He explained that sometimes the police are right there looking after citizens even though you don’t know they are there.
Captain Seay talked about the crime scene van that was donated by the federal government and is outfitted with forensic tools.
He told the girls about the golf carts and bikes explaining that these vehicles come in handy when dealing with big crowds. Captain Seay told the girls how they were used during Halloween to maneuver through the trick-or-treaters without putting them in danger while allowing officers to watch for trouble. He also told the girls how handy these vehicles are in the summer for patrolling the boardwalk.
Of course, the girls asked if the department has a dog. Seay told the girls about Officer Everett Brown and his K-9 companion, Vador, a Belgian Malinois trained to track suspects and find any items they drop.
The girls toured the station, met Assa Beverly, the dispatcher on duty, and engaged her with questions. They also saw the booking room.
Finally the girls noticed the patches that line the walls in the main room. Captain Seay explained that just as girl scouts get patches, so do police officers. They like to swap patches with fellow officers they meet around the country when they go for training.
After about an hour, the tour wrapped up. As they departed, Captain Seay gave each girl a pen and said, “If you only learn one thing tonight, I want you to remember that the police are your friends.”
A few minutes after they left a parent and one scout returned saying, “We have a patch for you.” Captain Seay said he was taken aback by the gesture.
As with each patch hanging on the wall, Captain Seay and the other officers have a new story to tell with the latest addition to their collection.