Diana Rodriguez brought her two kids and family to meet with their police officers and spend the evening in the park.
“They had fun,” Rodriguez said. “We got to meet the whole precinct and the community, and that’s important because they show their face and that they actually care about the community.”
104th Precinct Captain Christopher Manson was on hand, along with several members of his police force, at his first National Night Out with the precinct.
“We have a very strong community in this precinct, and it just shows by the amount of cooperation from the community to put this all together,” Manson said.
In addition to a strong police presence at the park, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley was there with a number of elected officials, members of the Community Board 5, 104th Precinct Community Council and others.
Assemblyman Mike Miller commended the precinct for taking part in the annual event.
“This is a great day,” Miller said. “It’s one night where they can get the community out together as a whole and just hang out together, talk about issues with the precinct and talk about how to prevent crime and domestic violence.”
Tom Bornemann of the Ridgewood Democratic Club and a board member with the 104th Precinct Community Council, said the most important part of the event was to make sure everyone was having fun.
“We’re just coming to check things out and make sure everyone’s having a good time,” Bornemann said.
Members of the 104th Civilian Observation Patrol (G-Cop) and the Volunteer Ambulance Corps joined the festivities, along with event sponsors and organizers like the Glendale Kiwanis Club and the Myrtle Avenue Improvement District.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for awareness for what police do for the community and for us to jointly work together to fight crime,” said Theodore Renz, president of the Myrtle Avenue BID.
Assemblywoman Marge Markey said while the neighborhood has good police at the 104th Precinct, events like the National Night Out help spread crime prevention awareness.
“Besides the fun games and all that, I think it’s about a sense of community,” Markey said. “Looking out for each other and protecting each other, and I think that’s really the essence of this.”