National Night Out – August 6, 2019
The City of Poughkeepsie Police Athletic League is hosting a “National Night Out” event on Tuesday Aug. 6 to enhance the relationship between community members and law enforcement officials in a fun and positive way.
The event, which features games, presentations and food, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. outside City Hall.
“This is a great opportunity to explain, in a fun way, the important work our first responders do,” said Chief of Police Tom Pape. “It’s essential, especially for children, to have a clear understanding that police officers and other first responders are there to help, to put the public’s safety first.”
The event will feature demonstrations by the police department’s K-9 unit, bicycle and motorcycle patrols. Other first responders will be attendance as well.
“This is a good way to introduce kids to our first responders with a hands-on approach — they can touch the vehicles and equipment and ask questions and interact with the workers,” said Karen Zirbel, the department’s school resource officer and one of the event’s organizers.
National Night Out also will feature foods, including hotdogs, cotton candy, popcorn and slushy machines. There will be a petting zoo, DJ, bouncy house, face painting, and over 70 community partners and vendors. Free books also will be distributed during the event to promote literacy.
The Police Athletic League is funded solely by donations, and 100 percent of the proceeds go back into the City of Poughkeepsie community. The organization’s mission is to decrease the number of youth involved in criminal activity and to increase their involvement in positive activities, such as softball games, fishing derbies, and bowling tournaments. The league has sponsored some sporting teams and events for local children and runs the Adopt-A-Family Holiday Toy Drive and Delivery each year. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/PoughkeepsiePAL
Celebrated the first Tuesday in August, National Night Out brings out millions of people across the country. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much more.
Find out more at https://natw.org.