As part of National Night Out celebrations that were held to promote crime prevention in neighborhoods across the country, Nassau County Police Department leaders and local officials gathered at Jonathan L. Ielpi Firefighters Park in Great Neck Plaza on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
To promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, National Night Out has been held for more than three decades in thousands of communities on the first Tuesday in August each year, as the relationship between law enforcement officials and residents are enhanced in a fun, welcoming atmosphere, bringing back a true sense of community. During the event, elected officials and local police handed out informational material and answered questions.
“National Night Out is a good way for local residents to informally meet with their police officers and elected officials,” noted New York State Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso.
Other leaders in attendance included Nassau County Legislator Ellen W. Birnbaum, Village of Great Neck Justice Mark Birnbaum, Nassau County Third Precinct Deputy Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Robert Musetich, Third Precinct North Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officers Thomas Brock and Joe Oginski, Nassau County Auxiliary Police Captain Maria D’Amelio and representatives from Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas’s office.
“When it comes to building strong community bonds, nothing is more important than face-to-face interactions between residents, community leaders and the first responders who keep us all safe,” said Legislator Birnbaum. “National Night Out events across the nation have been facilitating those conversations for decades, and I am pleased to play a part in stimulating those important exchanges.”