Po­lice, fire­fight­ers to team up for Na­tional Night Out event

Newark Post - - Local News - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

Ne­wark’s pub­lic safety agen­cies will once again team up next week to host a com­mu­nity event in ob­ser­vance of Na­tional Night Out.

The free fes­ti­val is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Tues­day on Acad­emy Street be­tween Main Street and Delaware Av­enue. The Ne­wark Po­lice Depart­ment, Uni­ver­sity of Delaware Po­lice Depart­ment and Aetna Hose, Hook and Lad­der Co. will par­tic­i­pate.

This will mark the se­cond year for the event, which co­in­cides with a na­tion­wide ef­fort that be­gan in 1981 and now in­volves more than 16,000 com­mu­ni­ties. Na­tional Night Out is in­tended to pro­mote crime pre­ven­tion and foster ties be­tween law en­force­ment and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“It’s a chance to get out with the com­mu­nity and let them see us as hu­man be­ings,” UDPD Chief Pa­trick Og­den said dur­ing last year’s event.

On Tues­day, po­lice will demon­strate mo­tor­cy­cle polic­ing, K-9 searches and field ev­i­dence col­lec­tion. Mean­while, Aetna will of­fer fire ex­tin­guisher train­ing and demon­strate how fire­fight­ers ex­tract in­jured pas­sen­gers from car wrecks.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers will be treated to free hot dogs, and NPD Cpl. James Spadola will per­form with his mu­si­cal duo, Al­most Acous­tic. The event also in­cludes a bounce house, bean­bag toss and “drunk gog­gles” sim­u­la­tors.

At­ten­dees are en­cour­aged to bring new school sup­plies, which will be packed into a po­lice cruiser and do­nated to lo­cal chil­dren in need, Spadola said. The col­lec­tion drive is be­ing co­or­di­nated by Blue Line Strong, a re­cently formed po­lice sup­port group made up of of­fi­cers’ fam­ily mem­bers and other sup­port­ers.

NE­WARK POST FILE PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Ne­wark Po­lice Of­fi­cer Aaron Olicker greets a young at­tendee at last year’s Na­tional Night Out event.

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