The City of Everett and Everett Police Department (EPD) celebrated National Night Out with residents at Glendale Park. National Night Out is an initiative where communities throughout the United States are encouraged to participate every first Tuesday in August. The goal is to bring neighbors and local law enforcement together to enhance positive community relations.
The EPD began the evening celebrations by gathering residents at four meet locations around the city. The designated locations were Wehner Park, Gramstorff Park, City Hall and the Hancock Street Fire Station – where a police officer would be waiting to greet them. Residents and the officer would walk through the City to Glendale Park as a demonstration to show that the citizens of Everett and law enforcement are in control of the streets.
At Glendale Park, the EPD had plenty of activities and demonstrations for kids and families. Residents were able to meet and speak to members of many different law enforcement agencies like the EPD, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Massachusetts National Guard. Kids also got to meet Chase, the police dog from PAW Patrol.
Residents were also treated to police K-9 demonstrations from EPD and Massachusetts State Police officers. It was a fun and informative demonstration for residents to learn how the dogs are trained and disciplined to follow commands and search for evidence and explosives.
Another highlight of the event was a performance by Lil Phunk, the junior dance team of the Phunk Phenomenon Dance School, which is based right here in Everett. They wowed the crowd with some amazing hip-hop dancing.
Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the City of Everett would like to thank all participating organizations that helped make this event successful. Participating organizations were Eliot Family Resource Center (EFRC), Mystic Valley YMCA, Cataldo Ambulance, ATF, DEA, Everett Fire Department (EFD), Massachusetts National Guard, Massachusetts State Police and Phunk Phenomenon. Most importantly, Mayor DeMaria, the City of Everett and EPD would like to thank all the residents who joined us for this crucial community initiative.