National Night Out, an annual community-building event aimed at increasing dialogue between law enforcement and the communities they police, and making those communities safer and more caring places to live, will take place Tuesday at sites across Long Island.
The nationwide initiative that started in 1984 and is held the first Tuesday in August will bring communities and their police officers together to heighten both crime and drug-prevention awareness, as well as generate support for local anti-crime programs and strengthen bonds between police officers and residents.
Long Islanders will commemorate the day with events in various communities throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, with events in Nassau beginning between 5 and 7 p.m. Events in Suffolk begin as early as 4 p.m. in some precincts, officials said.
The Nassau events were announced Monday by Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Police Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder. They will be held at local fire departments, parks, malls, fields and schools and, according to an event advisory distributed by police Monday, will help “send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”
“National Night Out provides an opportunity for the department and the community to continue our dialogue and talk about issues that are important in our neighborhoods," said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart in a statement. "I encourage community members of all ages to participate in the different events so that we can continue to build stronger partnerships built upon trust. “
In Nassau, the schedule of events is as follows:
First Precinct: Uniondale Fire Department, Van Ness Firehouse, 154 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale. Time: 6-9 p.m. Baldwin Park, 3232 South Grand Ave., Baldwin Harbor. Time: 5.-7:30 p.m.
Second Precinct: Broadway Mall, Hicksville, in the parking lot next to Panera Bread. Time: 6-8 p.m.
Third Precinct: Martin “Bunky” Reid Park. Broadway, Westbury. Time: 5-8:30 p.m. The event, which includes the communities of New Cassel and Westbury, begins with a parade assembling at the Salvation Army at 992 Prospect Ave. The parade will proceed west on Prospect, then head south on Swalm Street before crossing Broadway and entering the park, officials said. A fair follows, beginning at 6 p.m. at Kelleher Field, Williston Park. Time: 7-9 p.m. A Children’s Ride for a Safer Williston Park Parade assembles at Broad and Amherst streets and starts at 7 p.m., concluding at Kelleher Field where a block captain’s meeting of the Williston Park Neighborhood Watch is scheduled to take place beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Fourth Precinct: Cedarhurst Park, Cedarhurst and Summit avenues, Cedarhurst. Time: 6-10 p.m. Featuring a “Concert in the Park,” where crime prevention literature will be distributed.
Fifth Precinct: Dutch Broadway Park, 2161 Dutch Broadway, Elmont. Time: 6.-9 p.m.
Sixth Precinct: Jonathan L. Ielpi Firefighters Park, Grace Avenue, Great Neck Plaza. Time: 5-10 p.m.
Seventh Precinct: John J. Burns Park, Merrick Road, Massapequa. Time: 6-9:30 p.m. Held in conjunction with the “Music Under the Stars” program, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
Eighth Precinct: Bethpage Middle School, 500 Broadway, Bethpage. Time: 6:30-9 p.m. Outdoor movie night, featuring “The Secret Lives of Pets.” The Hicksville Fire Department also will have a fire prevention trailer present.
The Suffolk events are as follows:
First Precinct: Wyandanch Park, Wyandanch. Time: 4-8 p.m.
Second Precinct: Manor Field Park, Huntington Station. Time: 5-8 p.m.
Third Precinct: Brentwood State Park, Brentwood. Time: 4-8 p.m.
Fourth Precinct: Smith Haven Mall parking lot, opposite Bobby’s Burger Palace, Lake Grove. Time: 5-8 p.m.
Fifth Precinct: Martha Avenue Park, Bellport. Time: 6-9 p.m.
Sixth Precinct: Centereach Pool Complex, Centereach. Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Seventh Precinct: William Floyd High School football field, Mastic Beach. Time: 6-9 p.m.
Suffolk Sheriff's Office: Fireman's Memorial Park, 725 Middle Country Rd., Ridge. Time: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Former New York Rangers hockey star Ron Duguay will be a featured host.