BETHLEHEM — On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Bethlehem Police Department participated in its third annual National Night Out event, an annual community-building campaign promoting police-community partnerships.
This event is held in millions of neighborhoods in all 50 states and worldwide. The event was from 6-8 p.m. at the Elm Avenue Town Park, located at 249 Elm Ave.
The goal of National Night Out is to enhance the relationships between not only law enforcement and the community, but emergency services as well. There were displays by Bethlehem police, fire and EMS vehicles, and also the New York State Police K-9, FBI-Albany, Sabic FD, Delmar FD, Elsmere FD, Slingerlands FD, Selkirk FD, Delmar-Bethlehem EMS, Albany County Paramedic and NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
Police officers were on hand to present crime prevention, pedestrian/bicycle safety and personal safety information. Officers and other volunteers handed out free sno-cones, make-your-own sundaes donated by Stewart’s Shops, and balloons donated by Sabic.
There was plenty of fun and games for the younger set, including bounce rides by Bounce A Lot, face painting by About Face, and popcorn by Adirondack Kettle Korn were also available and made possible through a grant from Target.
During the event, the Town of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department offered free admission to the pool complex, so there was plenty of time to take a dip.
Informational tables from AAA, Bethlehem Community Church and the American Legion were also at the event.
State police did a K-9 demonstration and the Slingerlands Fire Departments did a vehicle-extrication demonstration.
Monetary donations were also received from the Teamsters Union to help support the event.