MONTROSE – Preparations are underway for the Blue Tie True Blue Affair takes place Saturday, Sept. 20, 5 p.m. to midnight, at the Montrose Pavilion. The event is an appreciation and recognition dinner, dance, and “fun-raiser” celebrating the Montrose Police Department as an organization that provides critical resources and vital support to the community.
All Montrose citizens are encouraged to attend and have a good time. This year’s event will include a social hour, dinner, a live auction, music by Ralph Dinosaur with dancing until midnight. Tickets are available for $50.
A truly unique offering to attendees will make tickets a hot commodity: “Probably for the first time ever at such an event, attendees will be able to participate in a shoot-don’t shoot simulator, which will put them in the shoes of an officer in a critical situation,” enthused MPD Commander Gene Lillard. “It’s really exciting and gets you pumped up, and in this setting, it should prove to be a lot of fun – especially to see people doing this in formal wear.”
For $5, attendees can “take a shot” at the simulator. A photo will be included, and participants can choose a posed shot holding an AR-15 or Glock semi-automatic pistol or have an action shot taken during their simulator run.
The use-of-force simulator is a scenario-based, decision-making training tool used by the MPD. “Training saves lives,” Lillard explained. “Unlike the Olympic athlete, training prepares police personnel for life-or-death situations, so the reward for winning is not a medal, but to come home safely that night.”
The simulator heightens stress levels during decision making by putting the participant in a number of different tense settings, like a hostage crisis, a suspect drawing an object from a pocket, or having a gun aimed at you. “The idea for offering the simulator at the event is to help people understand situations officers face,” Lillard explained. “By experiencing some of our training measures, we hope to generate continued public education and support.”
Early in 2010, the idea to establish a charitable fund for the MPD was conceived and has since been administered by the Montrose Community Foundation. The inaugural “Blue Tie Affair” in July 2010 was a tremendous success. Over 200 members of the community turned out to support the MPD, which raised nearly $24,000 through $100 tickets and more than 200 donated live and silent auction items. The event was also held in 2011.
From essential equipment to state-of-the-art technology to specialized training and innovative programs that would otherwise be unfunded, the support generated by this year’s Blue Tie True Blue Affair will directly improve public safety and impact officer readiness.
For more information about the Blue Tie True Blue Affair, including tickets and table sales, contact Lillard at 970/252-5257.