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Collaboration is the key behind law enforcement efforts

Collaboration was the word of the day Saturday when representatives of nearly all area law enforcement agencies came together for a community event hosted by the Bellefontaine Police Department.

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ABOVE: Various activities took place Saturday at Southview Park during the law enforcement outreach event hosted by the Bellefontaine Police Department. MedFlight helicopter paramedic Ryan Brzezinski explains his job to 7-year-old Anthony Puckett of Bellefontaine.

FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine Police Detective Dwight Salyer goes undercover in the Safety Pup outfit to play ball with children.

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Maj. Michael Black of the Ohio State Highway Patrol addresses the crowd. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

Several hundred local residents turned out at Southview Park to watch helicopters land and look at cruisers, motorcycles and other law enforcement vehicles while children played on six inflatable devices.

“We had a tremendous turnout and the weather was fantastic,” Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley said. “The crowd has been great and I’d love to do it again.”

The local police force was joined by the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Bellefontaine Fire Department and police officers from Russells Point and Washington Township, as well as representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Drug Enforcement Agency and Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

“We had great support from all the agencies involved,” Chief Standley said.

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