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Police Outreach In Neighborhoods Stronger Via National Night Out Against Crime

Police Precincts All Over Brooklyn Celebrate Community Affairs Officers

August 4, 2021 By Jaime DeJesus, Brooklynreporter.com
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After more than a year without live, public events, local police precincts celebrated their community outreach  with the return National Night Out Against Crime Tuesday, Aug. 3. 

The annual event is designed to take a stand against crime by celebrating a day of music, games, rides and information, with Brooklyn precincts taking a leading role in outreach.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle , brooklyneagle.com and brooklynreporter.com created the following photo essays and reports on several precincts. (Precincts and community councils not represented in this report are urged to send their contact information to Jen Hopewell, [email protected])

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Downtown Events at Brooklyn Bridge Park

2 Year Old Dekoda Arrington Dancing. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Council Member Laurie Cumbo Speaks. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Court Officer Mary Wu and others Dance. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Democratic Mayoral Nominee Eric Adams Gives Remarks. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams with Night Out supporters. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Kay Sublime Playing Piano. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Officer Donna Lopez-Dellas and others Watch the Gowanus Wildcats Perfrom. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Officer Gomez with PAA Reed. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Officer Keith Jemmott with Felicia Henry and Nia Cortes (age 8). Photo by John McCarten.

 

Officers Guevara and Bassett with Silvana Gorman and Patrick and Grace Gorman (age 7 and 4). Photo by John McCarten.

 

PBA President Pat Lynch with Peter, Niki, Ivan and Kyle Yuen and Felicia Henry and Nia Cortes. Photo by John McCarten.

 

The Brooklyn Diamonds Perform. Photo by John McCarten.

Downtown Events at Fort Greene Park

2 Year Old Thea Krolikowski. Photo by John McCarten.

 

A Large Water Slide. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Congress Member Hakeem Jeffries Speaks with Attendees. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Detective Andrene Sargeant Greets Dr. Marcia Nelson. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Detective Andrene Sargeant with Attendees. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Detective Andrene Sargeant, Officer Christopher Kinney and Delia Hunley-Adossa. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Lee Church Cea’nnyi Bristow and Beverly McKay. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Lee Church, Cea’nnyi Bristow (age 6) Beverly McKay and Carrie Watts Celebrate a Successful Ring Toss. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Officer Amador Rivera Speaks with an Attendee. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Officer Desmond John with Muziq Davis (Age 9) Tristan Hightower (Age 11) London Davis (Age 11) and Egypt Brown (Age 5). Photo by John McCarten.

 

Officer Kerron Mondesir at the Grill. Photo by John McCarten.

 

Officer Teanesha Jackson with Audrey Rowe. Photo by John McCarten.

 

South Brooklyn Events in Bay Ridge

Police Officer Gerber Fernandez with performers during the 72nd PRecinct’s National Night Out Event in Sunset Park

“It was great to see our community come out and partake in many activities with cops,” said Officer Gerber Fernandez from the 72nd Precinct. “We had a basketball game with our youth from the community. We had many community leaders come out and it was all to build a stronger bond between the NYPD and community.”

For the 72nd Precinct, the event took place at the soccer field in Sunset Park as it brought many members of the community together with several activities that embraced the neighborhood’s diversity.

Executive Director of the Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) David Estrada stated that the event’s return made the event better than ever that produced a community team effort.

“National Night Out is a lot of fun but it’s also a resource fair where groups like our chapter of the New York City Community Emergency Response Team, and local elected officials were giving out information,” he said.

Officers from the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park enjoying National Night Out Against Crime
Photo Courtesy of 72nd Precinct

The Sunset Park BID, which was one of the event’s sponsors, gave away 250 “Shop Local” bags, many filled with masks, hand sanitizer, and face masks.

Local eatery Tacos Bronco restaurant supplied horchata and watermelon juice, and NYPD’s own crew fired up a big grill and gave away hot dogs and burgers.  Other groups gave out food boxes, tee-shirts, snack bags, and PPE.

“The strongest impression I get from National Night Out is that it’s one event where the whole precinct can come together, seniors have as much fun as families with young children,” Estrada said. “You’re as likely to see a small child in a jaguar costume cracking a whip for a traditional Mexican dance troupe as acrobatic Chinese lion dancers making their creatures gobble up lettuce from the end of a long pole held by the 72nd Precinct’s Captain Ernesto Castro.”

Photo courtesy of the 68th Precinct Twitter

The 68th Precinct usually hosts its event in Shore Road Park at 79th Street, but opted for a smaller scale gathering this year, holding it outside its station at 333 65th St.

It still provided music, ices, giveaways, crime prevention intervention, and an appearance by mascot Scruff McGruff. It was sponsored by Maimonides Medical Center and Uncle Louie G’s Ices.

“What a wonderful evening at this year’s National Night Out,” the Precinct tweeted. “Thank you to everyone who came out and participated!”

The 62nd Precinct, which covers  Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Gravesend, also had its event outside its station house at 1925 Bath Ave. with similar fanfare.

Several elected officials such as U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, Assemblymember William Colton and State Senator Andrew Gounardes were in attendance.

“A heartfelt thank you to all that attended the 62 Precinct National Night Out Against Crime,” tweeted the precinct. “Together, we all work in making our community a safer place. Can’t wait to see everyone again next year!

Officers from the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park enjoying National Night Out Against Crime
Photo Courtesy of 72nd Precinct

 

Officers from the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park enjoying National Night Out Against Crime
Photo Courtesy of 72nd Precinct

 

Officers from the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park enjoying National Night Out Against Crime
Photo Courtesy of 72nd Precinct

 

Activities during the 72nd Precinct National Night Out
Photo courtesy of Sunset Park BID

 

Activities during the 72nd Precinct National Night Out
Photo courtesy of Sunset Park BID

 

Activities during the 72nd Precinct National Night Out
Photo courtesy of Sunset Park BID

 

Photo courtesy of the 68th Precinct Twitter

 

Photo courtesy of the 68th Precinct Twitter
Photo courtesy of 62nd Precinct Twitter

 

Photo courtesy of 62nd Precinct Twitter

 

Photo courtesy of 62nd Precinct Twitter

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