KCSO Bomb Disposal Unit participates in community outreach

From the Sheriff’s newsletter

The King County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) conducts community outreach as an important part of their work. This outreach provides support for Citizen’s Academy courses, educational support for schools, and inspires and uplifts youth programs in the field of robotics.

Last month, Bomb Technicians David Mendez, Jeremy Todd, and JD Williams assisted the Tahoma School District and City of Maple Valley by providing presentations and robot demonstrations.

Deputies Mendez and Todd participated in the Tahoma School District Science Fair at Tahoma High School. The science fair is an annual event with hundreds of participants from many grade levels. BDU robots are always a hit with students and families. This year BDU met with the Bear Metal Robotics Team for Tahoma High School who developed a robot to climb monkey bars.

Deputies Williams and Mendez provided support to Robin Larsen and Micki Christensen who coordinated the Maple Valley Citizen’s Academy. The academy is always a great opportunity to provide attendees with a more in-depth explanation of the BDU’s work, giving a presentation and demonstration of the equipment used to render safe hazardous devices.