Clinton and Boylston Police hosting National Night Out events Aug. 2 – Worcester Telegram

Clinton and Boylston Police hosting National Night Out events Aug. 2 – Worcester Telegram

Where are you going to be on Tuesday, Aug. 2?
How about a night out?
Clinton and Boylston Police are both hosting National Night Out events that day.
National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday of August. The event has been held annually since 1984. It began with neighbors turning on their porch lights and sitting in front of their homes. The first National Night Out involved 2.5 million residents across 400 communities in 23 states; National Night Out 2016 involved 38 million residents in 16,000 communities across the United States.
“Over the past few years I have seen other departments and communities, more and more in our own area, participating in the National Night Out event and thought this year would be a great time for our police department to do the same,” Clinton Police Chief Brian Coyne said. 
In Clinton, the event will be 5 to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Gym area, a block from the police station.
“We are excited about the upcoming event and a chance to see and interact with members of our community,” Clinton Police posted on their Facebook page. “St John’s, and Father James Mazzone have graciously allowed us to use the parking lot and field around the gymnasium, located at 149 Chestnut St. This will allow us more space to park all of the cruisers, fire apparatus, DPW trucks, etc. It will also help us to avoid some conflicts with some other programs taking place in Central Park on the same night so  we will not disrupt what they have going on. We are also going to have use of the large tent and seating set-up on the grounds during our event.”
Boylston is also participating. Both Clinton and Boylston hired new police chiefs in the last year.
“The Boylston Police Department is happy to announce that we will be participating in National Night Out,” Boylston Police posted on their Facebook page. “National Night Out is an opportunity for the Police Department to create relationships with their community members.”
The event is Aug. 2, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Police Department complex.
“The Boylston Police Department has hired new staff members over the last few years. We saw National Night Out as a great opportunity that will allow our new staff members to create personal relationships, and our senior staff members to foster existing relationships,” Boylston Police Chief John Annunziata said. “Like many police departments, our hope is to ‘humanize the badge,’ which will allow for a more personalized policing experience. By utilizing a community policing approach, we can better understand the needs of our community, which will allow us to better serve the Town of Boylston.”
Both departments are making the event community celebrations. In Boylston, Mike’s Moonwalk Rentals and Backyard BBQ will be providing bounce houses for the children and food will be available for purchase from WooTrucks. Keith’s Music House will provide entertainment.
Coyne said there are many new faces on the Clinton Police Department. 
“I believe it is important for us to take as many opportunities as possible to reach out into our community to meet, talk and just interact with as many people as we can. An event like National Night Out, which is a community-building campaign that helps promote police-community partnerships, allows us to do just that,” Coyne said. “We wanted to be a part of an event that brings the police and the community together in a more positive and relaxed environment. We hope an event like NNO allows members of our community to get to know our officers in a more social and friendly setting, and lets our officers get to know them.”
It is more than just Clinton Police participating. Also represented will be the Clinton Public Safety Dispatch, Clinton Fire Department, Clinton DPW, Clinton Facilities Department, Clinton Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), DJ Joel Bates, the Sterling Police Department Motorcycle Unit, the Mass. State Police K9 Unit, District Attorney Joe Early’s office and the Fitchburg State University Police Program – 5th ROC.
“So many other town departments were willing to help, with just one call or one e-mail asking if they’d like to be involved. The Public Safety Dispatch Center, Fire Department, DPW and other town agencies did not hesitate to agree to be part of the event,” Coyne said. “Each agency is going to bring vehicles, tools, and/or information to talk with people about what they do to help the town stay safe, clean and amazing. 
“Along with other town agencies, we have also found a lot of support from agencies outside of town. Sterling Police is going to have one of their officers and department motorcycle at the event. Mass State Police will be there with a K-9, and hold some demonstrations to show some of the incredible training that their K-9 dogs receive and the tasks that they perform. Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early’s Office is going to be there to provide information and resources. Fitchburg State University’s current Police Academy’s class, which we have a student officer enrolled in, will be here to talk about the FSU’s 4+1 Criminal Justice Program and their experiences while currently attending police training.”
“When we started planning the event and getting commitments from so many agencies and groups, we realized that the area on Union Street next to the station, where we originally planed to hold the event, might be a little small. We also realized that there are events scheduled and held on every Tuesday evening throughout the summer in Central Park, which we did not want to interfere with or disrupt.
“Father Mazzone was very gracious in accepting our request to use the area around St. John’s Gym, even offering us use of the large outdoor tent, tables, chairs and BBQ grills for our event,” Coyne said. “We would also never forget Joel Bates, who will be providing us with the DJ services and the great music and entertainment that he always provides. Joel does so much for the community, providing his services, his equipment and his talents to so many organizations and events around town all year long.”
Coyne said he hopes their first National Night Out has “a little bit of everything for everyone.”
“It is our first attempt, but we have a lot of officers who are really looking forward to the event and getting the opportunities to meet and talk with members of our community,” Coyne added. “We can’t thank everyone involved enough for all they have already done and for joining us to make Clinton’s first – hopefully of many – National Night Out event a huge success and a fun night out.”

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