The Cops N Kids event will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Expo Center in Shawnee. Admission is free and children and families are encouraged to attend.

The Cops N Kids event will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Expo Center in Shawnee. Admission is free and children and families are encouraged to attend.

The event, scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will include emergency vehicles, police car rides, a bike rodeo, dunk tank and much more.

The event is put on through donations and countless volunteers as law enforcement and first responders join forces to spend time with area youth.

The first 1,000 children to sign in will get a free T-shirt and goodie bag and Kona Ice will give the first 1,000 kids a free snow cone.

Shawnee Police Cpl. Vivian Lozano-Stafford said events like this are important for the community and for children to interact with and know police officers and first responders.

She said reaching and having a positive impact on children is the goal so they know if they ever get lost or need help, they can go to a police officer they see in the community or even their school resource officers.

And if a child goes to an event like this and one days decides to be a police officer, that would be great too, she said.

“With Cops N Kids, there will be a little bit of everything,” she said, and there also will be some special guests.

Chase, Skye and Marshall with Paw Patrol are scheduled to attend Cops N Kids along with Chick-fil-A’s Cow, Sonic’s Slush, McGruff, Scruff, Boomarang’s Elvin and the OKC Dodger’s mascots to name a few.

There will be over 30 law enforcement agencies and over 10 community organizations for families to visit, along with plenty of activities for all the family to enjoy such as games, inflatables, police rides, police and fire obstacle, K-9 demo, helicopters, dunk tank, Firestone Tires driving simulator, a petting zoo and lots more. Children also are encouraged to bring their bicycles for the bike rodeo and maintenance of their bike.

As part of the event, hot dogs, chips, cookies, and water bottles will be free, although additional food may be purchased from Don Ciro’s taco truck and The Blue Greek food truck.

Last year's event was held in Woodland Park and had 720 children sign-up and an estimated 2,000 attendees. With an even bigger event set this year, organizers moved the event to the Expo Center to have much more room.

The Expo Center is located at 1700 E. Independence. To help families who may not have transportation get to the event, several local churches are organizing an effort to use church vans for pickups.

Those pickups will be at noon, Aug. 25 at three locations: 329 N. Pesotum; 1200 N. Tucker and the Prince Hall community. Those who ride the vans must sign a waiver and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

As part of the event, Paw Patrol also will be selling tickets for an opportunity to win a free birthday party for children with one of their favorite Paw Patrol characters; 2 tickets will be sold for $5.

For more information, check out the Facebook page ShawneeCopsNKids.