TPPD celebrates National Night Out

Kids pet a horse from the Takoma Park Police Department mounted division.Kids embrace one of the largest members of the police force.

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.

Maryland Governor O'Malley presents Takoma Park mayor Bruce Williams with a proclamation in celebration of the city's remarkable reductions in crime over the past several years.

Governor O'Malley (center, right) presents Takoma Park mayor Bruce Williams (center, left) with a proclamation in celebration of the city's remarkable reductions in crime over the past several years.

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.):

About the Author

Rachel Horesovsky
Rachel was a summer 2011 photo intern at the Voice, heading into her senior year of photojournalism studies at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. Someday she hopes to make a living documenting the plight of the marine ecosystem, but for now she is content to explore the many faces of the nation's capital, from stray cats to ambassadors. More of her work can be seen on her website, www.rachelhoresovsky.com.

1 Comment on "TPPD celebrates National Night Out"

  1. Looks like those TPPD mounted police are actually COUNTY police officers. I don’t believe I’ve seen many horse-mounted police on patrol (or even crowd control).
    I do know the TPPD police also have bike patrol officers, but we don’t see them nearly enough (maybe the hills are too much for them). There’d be more “communing” with the police if they were out of their cars more. Even “walking” neighborhoods sometimes.

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