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Danville police hosting open house Saturday

Event coupled with Drug Takeback Day promoting safe medication disposal

Danville police are offering residents an insider's look at the department this weekend during an open house complete with tours, demonstrations, meet-and-greets with officers and children's activities.

The four-hour event Saturday at police headquarters on La Gonda Way aims to encourage residents and police officials to interact in non-emergency situations, according to Danville police chief Steve Simpkins.

"The bottom line is that we know protecting our community is a partnership, and partnerships are built upon trust. It is difficult to build those relationships during the stress of an emergency," Simpkins said. "The open house allows our residents the chance to come look inside their police department, sit in our cars, sit at our desks and essentially look at everything we have to offer."

Saturday's showcase will also feature a key public safety component, doubling as a town Drug Takeback Day to allow people to drop unwanted pharmaceuticals off at the department for safe disposal.

During the open house, attendees will get the chance to walk around the department, see select police equipment in action and check out a demonstration by the K-9 unit. There will be fingerprinting, face-painting, food and other activities as well.

"In addition, this year we are adding some role-playing experiences for those participants who would like the chance to participate in some of the situations officers handle every day, such as a traffic stop -- an abbreviated demonstration of what we do during our Citizen's Academy," the police chief said.

Open house activities are scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Danville Police Department, 510 La Gonda Way.

During those hours, people can bring certain pharmaceuticals for safe disposal.

Pills and tablets must be taken out of their original containers and placed in sealed plastic bags, town officials said.

The department will also accept liquids and creams, which must be left in their original containers and then placed together in sealed plastic bags. All personal information should be removed or blacked out from tubes and bottles.

Medical sharps will not be accepted during the Drug Takeback Day.

People can drop off such items (needles, EpiPens, lancets and the like) in the police department lobby Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For disposal, needles/sharps must be "sheathed" and placed in either a red sharps disposal container or a puncture-proof container such as a sealed milk carton or a juice container with a screw cap, officials said.

Pill, liquid and cream pharmaceuticals can also be dropped off at the department on weekdays during normal business hours.

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