ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY RACHEL HORESOVSKY
Takoma Park took pride in community safety on August 2, 2011 at the National Night Out, a fun-filled family event which focused on strengthening relationships between the local police department and the local population. Scroll to the bottom to see a slideshow of this event.
Takoma park residents young and old alike gathered at Piney Branch Elementary school on the evening of August 2, 2011 to celebrate strength in community safety at the annual National Night Out event. The event, which was hosted by the police department, encouraged citizens to get to know one another, as well as their local officers, over a few slices of watermelon (courtesy of the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-Op) and a hot dog or two.
The main attraction of the evening was an appearance by Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who congratulated the community on its impressive decreases in crime rates over the past few years. O’Malley was all smiles as he met with Takoma Park Police Chief Ronald A. Ricucci, giving the department a verbal pat on the back and presenting mayor Bruce Williams with a certificate in proclamation of Takoma Park’s impressive justice records.
The ceremony was followed by several soulful performances by members of the local Church of God in Christ, and the crowd soon dissipated and made its way to the grills and produce stands. Parents led their little ones to the moonbounce, facepainting tables, and of course to the many safety department booths, featuring fun activities, handouts, and stickers encouraging caution and good behavior. Also a hit with the kids were the two horses of the TPPD mounted division, two police cruisers, and an armored vehicle, all of which were open to exploration (to some extent).
This family-friendly event not only proved that Takoma Park is one of the safest, happiest towns in the state, but also that it’s easy to have a great time with our cops.
To view the TPPD National Night Out gallery, click here: http://voice.smugmug.com/Events/TPPD-National-Night-Out
Or watch the following slideshow (if the slideshow doesn’t load below, please hit the link above.):