CPD host trunk-or-treat event
CAMBRIDGE — Children in costumes lined up down Race Street to the end of the block in downtown Cambridge Wednesday, Oct. 26, for the Cambridge Police Department’s Halloween trunk-or-treat event.
Officers handed out candy to children at the Craig’s Drug Store parking lot for about two hours. The idea for the event began with Sgt. Antoine Patton, who works in community outreach with the police department, and volunteers
with several youth organizations.
“My staff deserves all the credit for this event,” said Cambridge Police Chief Daniel Dvorak. “Sgt. Patton and all of his community police officers wanted to do this and came to me with the idea. Then, other patrol officers on their off-night are pitching in and having a blast.
“I always like to put an officer in front of kids, so they get to know us and we get to interact with them in a fun way,” he said. “Halloween is always a concern for parents, with kids running around and cars driving around. This is a nice, safe environment to do a little Halloween party. Thanks to Craig’s Drug Store for allowing us to use their parking lot tonight.”
Children and adults went to seven different trunk-or-treat stations and received candy from police officers. Trunk-or-treaters also could visit a police box truck, which was decorated as a haunted house on the inside. The officers also offered children and adults popcorn.
“This means a lot, that the police and community can get together and have a safe environment for the child,” Patton said. “Most of the time, the kids see us in a different capacity, where something is wrong. It is good to interact with the kids at these fun events and build that strong community relationship. It is great to see so many kids and parents out here tonight.”
Joining the trick-or-treaters were Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley and Cambridge Commissioner Dave Cannon. Jackson-Stanley came to the event in costume.
“I’m loving all of this,” she said. “We have outstanding women and men working for our police department, and this is another example of their commitment to serving the community. It is great to see so many families out here tonight.”
Cambridge Police Chief Daniel Dvorak, Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley and Cambridge Commissioner Dave Cannon join children on Oct. 26 for the Cambridge Police Department’s trunk-or-treat event in downtown Cambridge.
Cambridge Police Det. Steve Daniel hands out candy to children during the Cambridge Police Department’s trunk-or-treat Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Kiesha Patton, left, and Cambridge Police Sgt. Antoine Patton hand out candy to Nicole Cooper, Elayna Cooper and Stephanie Cooper during the trunk-or-treat on Oct. 26.
Jaree Brooks dresses as a police officer and receives candy from Cambridge Police Pfc. John Foster during the trunk-ortreat on Oct. 26.
Kiesha Patton hands out candy to James Demby and Amya Demby during the Cambridge police Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Cambridge Police Det. Steve Daniel hands out candy to Cedric Fillyau and Tempriss Fillyau during the Cambridge police Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
A Cambridge police officer hands out candy to children during the Cambridge police Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Lillian Merritt, left, and Parker Merritt dress up for the Cambridge Police Department’s trunk-or-treat on Oct. 26.