This year’s National Night Out Against Crime felt like a party to Deputy Inspector Anthony Sanseverino, the 62nd Precinct’s commanding officer, who compared the annual cop-community melting pot to a block party.
“I’m overwhelmed again by the support of the community,” said Sanseverino from outside the precinct house at 1925 Bath Avenue where, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1, the streets were closed to accommodate everything from games and rides to information tables and even a food truck dishing out Brooklyn-centric sausage and pepper sandwiches.
Throughout the evening, police officers, precinct personnel and local residents came together in a spirit that, year after year, leaves Sanseverino beaming with pride.
“It almost becomes my own block party,” he joked, noting that, as always, his own friends and family were in attendance among hundreds of other fresh and familiar faces. “It’s a great tradition that I’m honored to be a part of.”
Louis Trimboli, president of the precinct’s Community Council, agreed.
“It’s another amazing turnout,” he said of the large crowds. “The community is here, the police are here. What more could you ask for?”
Local politicians also stopped by to show their support for the New York City’s finest, as well as to revel in another National Night Out, a nationwide movement held on the first Tuesday of August that aims to bring community and police together for a night of fun and solidarity.
“It’s so wonderful to see our law enforcement and communities coming together for a night of festivities and fun,” said Assemblymember Pamela Harris, whose district encompasses the 62nd, 68th and 60th Precincts.
Assemblymember Bill Colton agreed.
“It’s always a great turnout,” said the pol, whose district includes the 62nd Precinct, among others.
While adults mingled, children got to try their hand at games, rides and even puppet-making, courtesy of Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.