By Lizzie Wilcox
On Tuesday, the Town of Huntington celebrated the 34th annual National Night Out, an event promoting positive relationships between police and the community to help make neighborhoods a safer and better place to live.
National Night Out is celebrated across the country, and Huntington has taken part since 2002. This year’s event was held at Manor Field Park in Huntington Station.
“We’re very delighted that we’re able to celebrate together, to come up with new ideas and to keep our community strong and growing forward as the years go by,” Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone said.
The town partnered with the Suffolk County Police Department, the Huntington Station Business Improvement District, and corporate sponsors Target and 7-Eleven to raise crime and drug prevention awareness, and increase participation in local anti-crime efforts.
Several Second Precinct representatives also spoke, including Inspector Christopher Hatton, who touched upon the importance of a strong police-community relationship.
“We appreciate the support of the Huntington community over the last month or so when we had some tragic events throughout the country,” Hatton said.
There were activities for children, including bounce houses, a basketball tournament, and football and soccer competitions. Several nonprofit organization also attended, including Huntington-based Bikes for Kids in America, which raffled off 20 bicycles.
Suffolk police ran a crime scene investigation clinic and demonstrated police dogs in action. They also provided a Humvee and arranged an aviation flyover. The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department brought its distracted driving simulator and demonstrated its GPS tracker for children and the elderly.