YONKERS, N.Y. – Yonkers police are joining a national movement and encouraging residents to send a message to criminals.
Around the city and the United States, citizens are set to gather in a show of support for their police departments during Tuesday’s "National Night Out - America's Night Out Against Crime." The 29th annual event is designed to heighten awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts while strengthening police and community relations, organizers said.
“National Night Out is a great opportunity for our residents to interact with their local police and community,” Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said in a news release. “Yonkers has the greatest police department in the country and these events will remind our neighbors that our police are here to serve and keep our streets and families safe.”
Started nearly three decades ago by the National Association of Town Watch, this year’s event is expected to include more than 15,000 towns, cities and communities around the United States.
According to the association, “while the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places throughout the year.”
In Yonkers, all four precincts will host events around the city from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Central Park Avenue, next to the Will Library, the First Precinct and its community council are planning a night that includes a visit from the police department's K-9 unit, food sampling, classic cars and a helicopter visit.
Other locations around Yonkers include:
Second Precinct – Coyne Park – 777 McLean Avenue (by Old Jerome Avenue)
Third Precinct – Lincoln Park – South Broadway at McLean Avenue
Fourth Precinct – Riverdale Avenue (Main Street to Hudson Street)