National Night Out events set in Cecil towns
— Residents will be able to see police officers up close and personal on Tuesday when law enforcement agencies observe the annual National Night Out in five Cecil County towns.
“It’s extremely important for us to have partnership and fellowship with the residents,” Rising Sun Police Chief Francis “Chip” Peterson said.
Unlike some of the other police departments in the county, Peterson’s agency is taking a low-key approach to the national event, which is aimed at strengthening the relationship between law enforcement agencies and their communities.
“We’re just going to go out into the neighborhoods and make ourselves available if citizens want to talk to us about anything,” Peterson said, noting that he and his officers will be coming into those neighborhoods from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Elkton Police Department will hold its observance from 5 to 8 p.m. at Meadow Park off Delaware Avenue, where the festival atmosphere will include music, a dunk tank, moon bounce, inflatable slide, quarter-
back toss game, field goal kicks and other activities. There also will be free food, including hots dogs, ice cream and water.
One of the highlights will be a K9 demonstration by EPD Ofc. Matthew Nussle and his specially trained scent dog, Rommel. Another will be Chesapeake Search & Rescue allowing people to meet one of the group’s friendly dogs.
In addition, a Nintendo representative will make handheld games available. People also will be able to view the inside of an EPD patrol car and a Singerly Volunteer Fire Co. fire truck. As in years past, Singerly volunteer firefighters will be on hand, as well, to interact with the public.
EPD officers will take part in basketball and volleyball games and other activities, when they’re not talking to citizens.
“I think we have a good relationship with people in our community,” said EPD Det. Sgt. Andrew Tuer, one of the National Night Out organizers. “It’s good for people to see us playing volleyball and just hanging out. It’s good for people to see us let our hair down, to see that we’re human and not robots.”
Several miles southwest of Elkton, similar fun and games will take place at the Boys & Girls Club, next door to the North East Middle School on Cecil Avenue, starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
There will be a face-painting station, two moon bounces and free food, including pizza donated by local pizzerias. There also will be hamburgers, hot dogs and Italian ice from Rita’s, the latter of which was made possible by a Town of North East donation, according to North East Police Chief Darrell Hamilton.
Free haircuts and child fingerprinting will be available, Hamilton said. At 6 p.m., he added, a member of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 Unit will conduct a demonstration with a specially trained scent dog. Maryland State Police troopers also will be on hand for the National Night Out event.
“It’s just a wonderful event where we get to interact with citizens in our community, and everyone has a lot of fun,” Hamilton said.
Meanwhile, a short distance away from there, Charlestown will start its National Night Out event at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Station 5 of the Charlestown Volunteer Fire Co., which will have one of its fire trucks on display.
Town of Charlestown commissioners will serve free hot dogs, soda and chips donated by the Market Street Cafe and The Well- wood. As with North East, a CCSO K9 Unit member will put on a demonstration.
Similar festivities will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday when the Perryville Police Department hosts its National Night Out at the Perryville Volunteer Fire Co. station at 920 Principio Furnace Road, where a PPD patrol car and PVFC truck will be on display.
As with Elkton, North East and Charlestown, there will be plenty of food, games, demonstrations and activities at the Perryville event.
Ofc. Matthew Nussle of the Elkton Police Department conducts a K9 demonstration with his specially trained scent dog, Rommel, during the 2015 National Night Out event.