Police, community at National Night Out

Aug 20, 2019

Dartmouth police were among a host of local law enforcement agencies that took part in the National Night Out community event at Ashley Park in New Bedford on August 20.

The event had been planned for the evening of August 6, but was postponed and rescheduled to afternoon instead of evening due to EEE concerns.

Dartmouth PD brought a handful of motorcycles to the park, which proved popular with the kids.

Families came out to meet representatives of law enforcement agencies from all over the South Coast, look at equipment and vehicles, and play in a bounce house.

There was face painting, a bike raffle, a K-9 demonstration, and a state police helicopter.

Kids could also hold animals rescued from cruelty cases from New Bedford’s animal control.

Four year old Leyden Leite of New Bedford said that his favorite part was seeing the helicopter⁠ ⁠— although he also liked the motorcycles.

“It’s wonderful,” said Dartmouth’s new Deputy Chief Vincent, who attended the event with several of his colleagues. 

“It’s a wonderful day, and a great opportunity to connect with the community, and also with our neighboring departments as well as the state police, the sheriff’s department, and UMass Dartmouth,” he said.

“We come every year,” said DPD officer Steve Canario. “It’s great every year.”