Local officers and residents filled Bowne Playground, as officers gave out free hotdogs and hamburgers, helped kids onto inflatable rides, and welcomed all who came out for the cause.
“In general it’s a great idea to bring the community and the precinct together,” said Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz. “This is a great way to show the community that cops are friends, they’re in our neighborhood, they know what our community’s all about.”
Residents who attended were given free giveaways and treats from local businesses such as Target and local elected officials. Kids were able to get their faces painted and take a pony ride.
Many residents showed support for their precinct’s officers, bringing posters that said they appreciate and love the officers of the 109th Precinct.
With tensions high between communities and police officers, Simanowitz said the Night Out event is an example of how the relationship should be.
“Especially now in light of all the controversy going on, this is just an example of, there may be a few bad stories out there, but that’s not the norm, this is the norm,” said Simanowitz. “This is the community working together with the police department and vice versa, and really trying to go what’s best for the community.”
New to the 109th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison was not sure of what to expect.
“I am so impressed with this turnout,” Harrison told the crowd. “Thank you all for being here. We appreciate you and we’re happy to serve you and we’re happy to be here with you today.”