Police, firefighters to team up for National Night Out event
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 Police Officer Aaron Olicker greets a young attendee at last year’s National Night Out event.