The 63rd Precinct brought hundreds of citizens and police officers together on Tuesday, August 4 to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime 2015, a community-police awareness event that has been held annually on the first Tuesday in August since 1984.
“It brings everyone together and bridges the gap between the community and police officers,” said Police Officer Mike McGlynn. “Police officers aren’t seen as approachable, but they are.”
The festivities kicked off at 5 p.m. the Avenue U parking lot of Marine Park and featured a prize raffle, refreshments, inflatable rides, a DJ booth, an antique auto show and assorted live entertainment.
“You get to see people on a personal level, and they get to see what we do,” said 63rd Precinct Captain Thomas Burke.
Like other Night Out events across the country, the goal of the event is to “shine a different light on law enforcement,” according to Police Officer Mike McGill. “They see that cops are normal people, friendly. It gives the community a more intimate point of view.”
The 63rd Precinct, which covers 146.61 miles of street and 1.5 square miles of park, joined nearly two dozen other Brooklyn precincts in hosting the event.