NYPD precincts across Queens and their surrounding communities gathered in parks for National Night Out Against Crime.
The event, which takes place on the first Tuesday of every year, is meant to enhance the relationship between locals and law enforcement.
Deputy Inspector Kevin Coleman, the new commanding officer of the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village, said that his first NNO at Juniper Valley Park with the 104 was a great time and success.
“In fact, it’s the largest community turnout that I’ve personally seen at any National Night Out, I’d estimate approximately 1,300 members of the community attended. And it’s such a good display of civics because it shows how the neighborhoods of the 104th Precinct are so engaged and supportive,” Coleman said.
“This event is about the police and the public coming together regarding a shared common cause and responsibility regarding public safety,” he continued. “Ultimately, in order for the police to be effective, we need the support, cooperation and assistance of the communities we serve.”
The officers of the 104th Precinct expressed their gratitude for members of the community who contributed to the event’s success, namely Jon Kablack, who serves as president of the 104th Precinct Community Council.
Additionally, the precinct presented a Civilian Accommodation award to the 104 Civilian Observation Patrol, the oldest civilian patrol organization in the State of New York.
Local elected officials and over 50 local businesses and community groups participated, including the Ridgewood Kiwanis, Glendale Kiwanis, The Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, O’Neill’s Restaurant, Bridie’s Restaurant, Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, Ridgewood Savings Bank, Broadway Stages, New York and Atlantic Railway, Juniper Park Civic Association and Mobile Gas of Glendale.