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Fingerprinting, firearms and four-legged friends at The Royal Bath and West Show

Forget NCIS, Line of Duty or Law & Order – come and see the real thing!

Real-life police dogs and horses, armoured cars, firearms officers and forensic investigators will be just some of the attractions on offer on the Constabulary’s stand at the Royal Bath and West Show next week.

Royal Bath and West Show posters

We are hoping to draw the crowds again with the promise of a hands-on and interactive experience of “dynamic policing”.

Visitors will be able to explore the world of the Underwater Search Unit, learn how to take finger prints and check out the impressive armoured CT Landrover.

For the more adventurous, there will be the opportunity to stick on some body armour and have some shield and baton training from our Public Order officers.

There is a chance to win i-tunes vouchers by taking some snaps or selfies on the stand in our Twitter competition and budding detectives can try their hand at solving a case on our crime trail to win themselves a day out at Police HQ.

You can also play giant “Cop Trumps”, take part in our Cop Quiz, get the low-down on our Interceptor and meet one of the furry, four-legged members of the Constabulary who will be available for the odd pat or two. Or you can simply drop in and have a chat. You will find us at stand 63 on the corner of 10th Avenue.

Children talking to dog handler, stroking police dog

The Rural Crime Team will also be at the show on stand 199 near the Cattle Rings where they will be perfectly placed to mark your farming equipment and give advice on how to protect your property, livestock and vehicles.

There will also be exciting daily shows in the Main Arena from both the two-legged and four-legged members of the Mounted and Dog Unit, so make sure you don’t miss them. There really will be something for everyone!

Chief Superintendent Ian Wylie, Area Commander for Somerset, said: “This will be my first Royal Bath and West Show as Area Commander. I am looking forward to chatting with people and hearing directly from the communities we serve.

“Events like this are a fantastic opportunity for us to meet people in a fun and relaxed environment. By chatting with people, the public can see what we do every day to keep them safe, deal with crime and protect the vulnerable."

“The Rural Crime Team want to speak to people from our rural and agricultural communities as possible. So do go and chat with them. They can offer advice on crime prevention and any feedback we get helps to shape and direct our rural crime response.

“I hope people will visit the stands and spend time with us. Forensic experts, Firearms Officers, Police Divers - come and meet the real thing, we are much better than the TV!”

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens will also be at the show on Wednesday 1 June . She said: “I always enjoy attending the Royal Bath and West Show, it’s been a highlight of my year since I was a young child. The police stand is always popular and deserves its accolades as well as the amazing displays by the Constabulary’s horse and dog teams. The event is just one of the ways that I get to meet residents and our thriving rural community.”

We will be running a live Twitter feed from the stand. Follow us @ASPoliceLIVE to keep up to date with what’s happening. The show runs from Wednesday 1 June – Saturday 4 June at The Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet.