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Bay Ridge, Sunset Park ready for National Night Out

July 27, 2016 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
At the 2015 National Night out event, 68th Precinct Police Officers Susan Porcello (left) and Jennifer Cordero playfully posed with Capt. Ray Bear, one of the raffle prizes. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas
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National Night Out, an event which started out 32 years ago as a defiant call for law abiding citizens to take their streets back from criminals, has evolved over the ensuing decades into a celebration of the police-community partnership that has helped lower the crime rate in the U.S.

Another National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 2 in cities and towns all across the country.

It’s a big deal here in Brooklyn as police precincts, precinct community councils and elected officials organize block parties and barbeques to mark National Night Out.

The 68th Precinct Community Council is working with police from the 68th Precinct (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights) for a celebration in Shore Road Park, according to Council Vice President Kate Cucco.

The event, to be held in Shore Road Park at 79th Street, will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature a barbeque, raffles, crime-prevention information and a concert by a Beach Boys tribute band, Cucco said.

“It’s great because we’re getting a lot of the food for the barbeque donated,” Cucco told the Brooklyn Eagle.

Over in Sunset Park, Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook) is teaming up with the 72nd Precinct and the group Street Soccer USA to sponsor a Night Out celebration on the soccer field in Sunset Park on 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues from 4 to 8 p.m.

The event will feature entertainment, food, a basketball tournament for kids, a soccer clinic, a bounce house and information about services in the community, according to Menchaca’s office.

“This annual event helps promote better police-community partnerships and neighborhood collaboration to make our community safer, healthier and more welcoming,” Menchaca said in a statement.

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National Night Out, formerly called National Night Out Against Crime, was started by National Association of Town Watch, a Pennsylvania-based organization, in 1984.


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