Police officers connect with their communities on National Night Out

Justin Udo
August 06, 2019 - 9:34 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Police officers, firefighters and EMTs all around the country joined forces Tuesday night for an anti-crime initiative, including in the Delaware Valley.

The goal of National Night Out is to better relationships between and law enforcement and their communities.

While attending a National Night Out event in South Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney highlighted the recent law enforcement social media scandals that went through Philadelphia's police force — one of the many reasons this event is necessary.

"Especially in some of the unfortunate stuff we went through, with Facebook, it's important that we reignite and reconnect with our police," Kenney said. 

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Highway Patrol Officer Dave Marcellino said events like this are priceless when it comes to interacting with the people they serve.

"Try and stay positive, good interactions. Kids are having fun. Checking out the motorcycles, everybody is smiling, having a good night," Marcellino said, describing the event in South Philly. 

For young Darby, the free snacks, games, music and a chance to see a police helicopter in action were cool, but she likes the event for something more.

"Everyone from your neighborhood can get closer together."