By Dan Walton

Pioneer Staff

You dont have to break the law to get a look inside the local cop shop, as the Columbia Valley RCMP detachment is hosting its annual open house on Wednesday, May 21st.

Located beside BC Hydro on 4936 Athalmer Road, detachment members will be inviting the public over for an informal visit from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Guests will be given a chance to take a close look at the police vehicles, tac gear, and (hopefully) their police dog, depending upon his scheduling.

Were hoping the police dog will have free time and be able to attend, said Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovak.

And for a little police action, officers will be offering ATV rides to the youngsters.

The Lake Windermere District Lions Club will be bringing their barbecue to the open house to provide a free dinner, and the club will also be offering fingerprinting for the children.

Tim Hortons will also be providing complimentary refreshments.

The jail cells will be a little more colourful than normal, as the Grade 3 students throughout the valley were asked to draw posters representing police involvement in the community. The posters will be displayed in the cells, with one student from each of the valleys six elementary schools receiving a prize from Home Hardware or Canadian Tire.