The Garden City Police Department proudly participated in the 29th annual “National Night Out” event Tuesday evening at the Garden City Pool.
During the program Acting Commissioner Kenneth Jackson, Detective Madden and Detective Pedone greeted residents at various locations within the park and discussed ways they can assist police in making their community safer, according to a police department press release. Detective Pedone was also available to answer and address questions, issues or concerns that affect residents.
“It’s a chance for the cops in the community to get together, and to get to know each other and to answer questions that the community might have that they ordinarily wouldn’t be able to ask police officers,” Detective Pedone said. “It gives me an opportunity to speak to them like this without them having to call the police department or go to the precinct; not many people are going to do that.”
National Night Out enables local police departments across the country to form a partnership with the residents they serve to make their town and/or village safer by encouraging citizens to report crime or suspicious activity, take necessary steps to prevent crime, join and/or support local community organizations that address crime and other important quality of life issues, discuss with their family what to do in case of an emergency, help make children aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol as well as teaching them what to do when approached by strangers, according to a press release issued by the police department.
“Not many people get to see us, talk to us, unless it is a negative incident,” Detective Pedone told Patch. “It gives us an opportunity to interact at a different level."
Felicia Lovaglio, who has worked for Garden City Recreation for the past 11 years, attended her first National Night Out this year. “I think it's a great night out for the kids to see the police here and know they are friendly and helpful people and that they can easily approach them if they have any problems,” she said.
“We have National Night Out every time I come to the pool,” Detective Pedone said about his good standing relationship with the community. He explained that many of the kids in the village knew him from various police department programs through the schools, and from previous National Night Out events.
“Everybody has been looking forward to it,” Lovaglio added.