29th Annual Night Out
Queens observed the 29th annual “National Night Out Against Crime”. The special citywide anti-crime event featured a full schedule of programs ranging from crime prevention lectures to youth activities.
“National Night Out Against Crime was established nearly three decades ago during the height of New York City’s violent street crime epidemic as a way for citizens to symbolically reclaim their streets. Now, as the crime rate has reached record lows, National Night Out remains an important reminder of the need to remain vigilant in the fight for public safety,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “National Night Out Against Crime provides Queens County residents with a wonderful opportunity to meet with the police officers and law enforcement officials who protect their neighborhoods and who are largely responsible for the sharp reduction in violent crime over the years and the significant improvement in the quality of life,” Brown added.
The district attorney attended events at five locations across Queens including a ceremony at Baisley Pond Park in Jamaica hosted by the 113th Precinct where he was joined by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly where they presented Precinct Commander Deputy Inspector Miltiadis Marmara a check in the amount of $2,000 to help defray expenses for Operation Summer Fun.
The participating precincts included the 104th, 65th Place between 68th Street and Catalpa Avenue in Ridgewood, commanded by Captain Michael Cody who gathered at Joseph F. Mafera Park; the 112th Precinct, Queens and Yellowstone Boulevards, commanded by Deputy Inspector Christopher Tamola met at MacDonald Park in Forest Hills; the 109th Precinct, 142-30 Barclay Ave. in Flushing, commanded by Deputy Inspector Brian J. Maguire held their event at the P.S 20 school yard; the 114th Precinct 34-16 Astoria Blvd. S., met in Astoria Park and the 107th Precinct, 158 Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Ave., commanded by Captain Michael Coyle, held their observance at the Electchester Shopping Center.
All events featured free rides, food and drinks, blood drives and crime prevention information seminars.