Residents Urged To Get Together
Tuesday For NYPD’s "Night Out"
By Charles Rogers
Captain Robert Johnsen, commanding officer of the 69th Precinct, said this week he has "high hopes" that the turnout for next Tuesday’s National Night Out will be successful.
"This is a great community," he said. "I’m sure that many residents will gather at the precinct, link arms, and show the rest of the world our solidarity in fighting crime."
The event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in front of the stationhouse at Rockaway Parkway and Foster Avenue. Captain Johnsen said there will be a brief march at 7 p.m. through the local neighborhoods and then, upon retiurning to the precinct, there will be a number of other activities.
"Not only can our local residents meet their neighborhood police officers, but they’ll be able to get free information about crime prevention, see the NYPD K-9 Unit’s police dogs and some of the Mounted Police Unit officers and pet their horses," Captain Johnsen said.
Also on hand will be representatives of the Kings County District Attorney, and members of the New York Fire Department, who will be giving out safety tips.
Officials say there will be free food and drinks, free giveaways, games for children and the "Steppers" from the 69th Precinct Explorers.
"We’ll do all we can to make the evening successful," said Captain Johnsen. "This is one way we can all take a bite out of crime."