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Communities in the Capital Region participate in National Night Out

August 06, 2019 11:22 PM

ALBANY – National Night Out events happened all across the Capital Region Monday night. The goal of the event is promote police and community partnerships.

Despite the rain, many came out to an event at Lincoln Park in the City of Albany. It was one of many events in the city.  

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“They have an opportunity to meet different law enforcement agencies on a good day as opposed to a bad day, which is usually when they interact with them,” said Dannielle Hille who is part of the Mansion Neighborhood Association and Co-Chair of the event.

Albany Police had its mobile command center at the event as well as a police K-9 for people to interact with. The Albany Fire Department as well as the Albany County Sheriff’s Office was in attendance and had demonstrations in one of its vehicles.

"We have a community that's incredibly engaged,” said Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins. “When issues happen in this community, you know getting calls every day and it's constructive calls you know what I can do to help is some of the calls I get."

Chief Hawkins said community relations in the city are “great.” That’s despite several shootings recently including a 3-year-old being shot, and an arrest of an officer who allegedly punched someone while on the job. However, Hawkins said National Night Out is about more than just community, police relations.

“Really what it does is it brings those who reside in those neighborhoods together to really get to know each other a little bit better,” said Hawkins. “If there are issues they can discuss those issues.”

There were several other vendors at the event including the organization “Braids 4 Grades.”

"If they get an A/B average on their report card they get to get their hair braided for free,” said founder of the organization Shataya Scott.

Scott started the program three years ago as a way to motivate girls in the community to do well in school. She said events like National Night Out is also about being able to showcase all the good in the community.

"We need this in this type of community,” said Scott. “Because of all of the things that we lack, so for us to come together like this I think it's a great thing, everybody can see what's out there and what's going on in our community."

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Emily De Vito

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