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Community Spends Night Out Against Crime

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78th Precinct Commanding Officer speaking to members of the community. Photo by Shannon Geis / South Slope News
78th Precinct Commanding Officer speaking to members of the community. (Photo by Shannon Geis / South Slope News)

Tuesday night officers from the 78th Precinct spent time with the community at National Night Out Against Crime in Grand Army Plaza. There were games, food, and information about police programs, as well as the chance to meet local police officers.

“We’re here in support of the precinct. We try to come every year. We are very proud that the 78th is such a great precinct and we love seeing everyone here coming together.” said Nica Lalli, a long time resident of the neighborhood.

Photo by Shannon Geis / South Slope News
Councilmember Brad Lander speaking at National Night Out (Photo by Shannon Geis / South Slope News)

Councilmember Brad Lander stopped by the event and thanked the police for the work they do, ” It’s important to thank everyone who helps keep our community safe and the 78th Precinct is doing a great job.”

Photo by Shannon Geis / South Slope News
NYPD Lt. Acu Rhodes spins at National Night Out (Photo by Shannon Geis / South Slope News)

78th Precinct Commanding Officer Frank DiGiacomo was very happy with the turnout. “It’s a great gathering between the community and the police. More and more people come out for it every year,” said DiGiacomo.

Photo by Shannon Geis / South Slope News
The Atlantic Terminal Target sponsored a variety of games for kids at National Night Out (Photo by Shannon Geis / South Slope News)

Neighbor Gloria Vaval was just walking by but when she saw the event she went home and brought her son out. “People are interacting and able to shake ands with officers. It’s a great way to connect with the community.”

Photo by Shannon Geis / South Slope News
Officers pose for a photo during National Night Out in Grand Army Plaza (Photo by Shannon Geis / South Slope News)
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