MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) - Marshall police hosted a media day event Friday to demonstrate some of their tactics used in certain situations.
Police Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa said he wanted to hold the event to build relationships with representatives of the media, thanking them for their efforts in helping police get much-needed information to the public.
As part of the event, members of Marshall Police Department's SWAT team and K-9 units demonstrated several scenarios police face while on duty.
Officers with the special response team demonstrated a traffic stop in which the SWAT team had to be called in to assist in getting the "suspect" out of the vehicle. Officers with the K-9 unit also showed how the dogs check a vehicle where drugs are suspected to be present.
Campa explained that the department's canine officers no longer scratch on the spot of the vehicle where drugs are suspected but rather simply lie down as their signal.
K-9 Officer Amor showed off his skills at taking down a suspect. For demonstration purposes, Capt. Best was the "suspect." Wearing a special protective sleeve, Best endured Amor's vicious bites. But after it was over and the sleeve came off, Amor showed a softer side to Best.
Campa answered numerous questions, including queries about the department's new campaign No Colors, No Labels.
It's an initiative to education and promote positive relationships between citizens and erase preconceived notions that all police are racially motivated, according to the department.
The campaign implemented by Campa involves grass-roots educational and social media campaigns.
While explaining his idea, Campa used as examples several instances in which he said he had been racially profiled.
The initiative's mission is to stop hate, promote diversity, eliminate prejudices and advocate safe, inclusive communities for all.