Na­tional Night Out events set in Ce­cil towns

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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-

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

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.

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