National Night Out Draws Large Crowd – Robert Volpe

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Last Tuesday Woodland Park residents turned out to celebrate and honor “National Night Out” presented by the City and Woodland Park police force.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

The program was started in 1984 as a crime prevention program. The thought is, the more involved the community is with local law enforcement the more likely neighbors will look after neighbors and deter crime and to get to know your police officers on a personal level.

This is the second year Woodland Park has participated in the program. Last year’s attendance as low, due to the promoters putting the event together in only 3 weeks.

A crowd gathered around the Cultural Center stage as city leaders bestowed honors on all of the City’s emergency responders. A special presentation was made by Mayor Neil Levy, to thank and recognize all employees of the Woodland Park Police Department.

Police Chief Miles DeYoung accepted the presentation from Mayor Levy and made a short speech and recognized each of the department members on stage individually and called them out by their first names.

There were representatives from all of the emergency response agencies, including a fireman who stood by an engine and explained the equipment on board and answered questions.

The kids in the attendance enjoyed playing in a bouncy house and some inflatable plastic balls that they could climb in and roll down the grassy hill beside the Cultural Center.