Members of the 104th Domestic Violence Unit, Youth Services and Community Affairs were at the Ridgewood park for an afternoon of fun and to promote child safety ID kits.
“We brought the kids out today, not only to have fun but to meet some of the different units we have in the Police Department,” said Community Affairs officer Thomas Bell.
Bell and the other officers showed children how to use the siren and intercom in a typical police squad car, the importance of using safety gear while on duty and let loose on the climbing wall.
“We didn’t want to make a big spectacle of the thing, but we did want to get a little more intimate with the community,” Bell said. “We’re going to do it again.”
City Council candidate Antonio Reynoso said more outreach events are needed to connect police with the district.
“It’s great to see that more is done with the community outside of National Night Out,” Reynoso said. “The 104th Precinct is a great example of a precinct that tries to do a lot more than that when it comes to community relations.”
Abraham Markowitz, vice president of the 104th Precinct’s Community Council, said he is looking forward to representing the community at the precinct.
“Our goal is to give out some information to the community,” Markowitz said.
The next community council meeting is scheduled for September 24 at St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church, 66-05 79th Pl. in Middle Village.