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City, Police Personnel Celebrate Annual National Night Out

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  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.

Everett Police Officers were there to meet and greet many residents throughout the event.
Lil Phunk from Phunk Phenomenon performed for everyone who attended.
Chase, the police dog from PAW Patrol, was there to greet kids at National Night Out.
An obstacle course inflatable for kids at Glendale Park challenged them physically while having fun.
A Mass. State Police K-9 demonstrated the ability to find the hidden phone on the field of Glendale Park.
EPD held a demonstration of how their K-9 can sniff and find the item hidden in the correct bag.
EPD had attendees spin the wheel to find out what prize they would receive.
Residents met with Everett Police Officers at one of the four designated meet locations to walk to Glendale Park.
Ward 2 Councillor Stephanie Martins, Ward 6 Councillor Al Lattanzi, Councillor-at-Large Stephanie Smith and Ward 3 Councillor Darren Costa and Ward 4 School Committee Member Mike Mangan handed out slush at the City Council tent.
State Rep. Joe McGonagle attended the National Night Out event.
GRILL MASTER: Members of the Everett Police Dept., including Officer Bob Hall, grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone on National Night Out at Glendale Park on Tuesday. See page _ for photo highlights. (Photo courtesy of Ron Coleman

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