CPD host trunk-or-treat event

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

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.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

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