T-shirts, snacks, rulers, coloring books and pamphlets were the swag handed out and material on serious topics such as child abuse, rape, internet safety and mental health was available as the Nassau County police and the District Attorney’s office teamed up at the 35th annual National Night Out in Andrew J. Parise Cedarhurst Park in the village on Aug. 7.
The community event is designed to raise awareness for crime and drug prevention and strengthen neighborhood-police partnerships. The police also shared information about phone scams, the dangers of driving under the influence, scam prevention and mental counseling for veterans, and answered questions.
“National Night Out is truly one of my favorite events in that the Nassau County police and it’s dedicated members have the ability to spend time together with our residents to reach common goals,” said Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder. “It enables us to strengthen our relationships between our police officers and the great communities that they work in. We are always looking to make our streets safer, keep lines of communication open and this is certainly a very effective way to do so.”