A FASHION parade featuring police uniforms from 1853 to the present will be the highlight of a Victoria Police Academy open day on Sunday, March 30.

The event has been organized as part of the police’s 150 years of service to the community, and many interactive displays will be set up to show how the service has evolved.

Demonstrations by the air wing-mounted branch, search and rescue, and dog squads will entertain the crowds.

And visitors can also take part in a mock crime scene investigation, witnessing first-hand how homicide squad detectives and forensic officers work together to solve a mystery.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Evans said visitors could also speak to police officers to understand what life was like as a police officer.

“The event is a chance for people to gain a distinct insight into the workings of Victoria Police in an environment that is entertaining as well as informative,” Mr. Evans said.

Recruiting information will be available and new recruits will conduct the public on guided tours of the academy.

Cast members from Channel 7’s Blue Heelers television series will also be there.

The Metropolitan Ambulance Service, Life Saving in Victoria, Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board, Country Fire Authority, and the State Emergency Service will also be represented.

Children can enjoy free entertainment and refreshments will be on sale.

The open day is from 10 am-4 pm at the Victoria Police Academy, View Mt Road, Glen Waverley.

Free parking is available at Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton, and shuttle buses will run from the car park and Glen Waverley railway station to the academy.