Police, Communities To Celebrate National Night Out

John Silva
August 06, 2019 - 11:13 am
East Hartford Police Cruiser

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(East Hartford, Conn./WTIC) - Across the U.S. this evening, thousands of residents and the police officers who serve them will gather for annual "National Night Out" events.

The concept was formed 36 years ago outside of Philadelphia as a means for neighbors to get to know one another and send a message to the criminal element that their activity is not wanted in their communities.

The event has morphed over the decades into a glorified "block party", with police offering food, demonstrations, music and children's entertainment.

East Hartford Police Lieutenant Josh Litwin says the event also allows community members to interact with officers in a non-emergency situation and offer feedback on various topics.

Litwin also says such events can help, particularly with a level of mistrust in their police officers by members of some communities.

"Night Out" festivities in East Hartford run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the town's publc safety complex on School Street.