YONKERS, N.Y. – Yonkers police are taking a little time away from fighting crime to get to know their neighbors.
Dozens of city residents and members of the Yonkers Police Department turned out all over town Tuesday to celebrate “National Night Out - America's Night Out Against Crime."
At Andrus Park on Central Avenue, visitors met with members of the 1st Precinct while enjoying a car show, live music and even “Breenie Weenies” – free hot dogs, compliments of City Councilman Mike Breen.
“We love it,” Tracy Reilly said as two of her children climbed out of a Westchester County helicopter that was on display. “There is a great turnout, and the kids are happy.”
Started nearly three decades ago, the nationwide event is designed to generate support in local anti-crime efforts, while strengthening police and community relations, organizers said. Across the country, more than 15,000 communities were expected to participate, and in Yonkers, all four precincts hosted their own events.
Many residents said “National Night Out” has become a tradition for them - and a way to meet their neighbors.
“It’s great, because people get to know each other and get to know the officers,” Steve Catalano said.
Mayor Mike Spano, one of several politicians in attendance, said that is the goal.
“A community stays safe because we know each other, because we have good relationships with our fine police department,” Spano said at the Andrus Park celebration. “Let’s never forget the great job they do.”
Bronx mom Rosanna Bryam, who made an impromptu stop at the park on her way to Tuckahoe, said she was impressed with what she saw.
“I think this is awesome,” she said. “They should bring events like this to where we live, too.”