Cities and towns across America celebrated the 35th annual “Night Out Against Crime” on Tuesday, August 7, and the Lakewood Police Department hosted a particularly robust event.
A diverse cross section of the Lakewood area community gathered at Pine Park to enjoy free rides, prizes, fireworks, shows, pizza, barbecue, live music by the Wilbur Whitman Band, and an all-around festive atmosphere. Children and teenagers—along with their smiling parents—comprised the vast majority of attendees.
Police officers and other emergency service personnel—including those affiliated with various community volunteer organizations—conversed amiably with attendees. The younger attendees were particularly enamored by the dazzling array of police cars, trucks, and motorcycles, as well as other glistening emergency vehicles that help keep them safe every day. Live demos of fascinating rescue operations demonstrated both the dedication and skills that Lakewood law enforcement and volunteer agencies employ on a daily basis.
The sights, sounds, and smiles of the 2018 Night Out won’t be forgotten any time soon. Mayor Ray Coles, a founding member of the Lakewood Neighbors coalition, sees the experience as emblematic of Lakewood’s beauty and promising future. “It was a heartwarming experience to see all of Lakewood come together for the night out yesterday,” the mayor said. “Seeing our officers interact with so many young children is the best way I know to build trust in our community. I want to give a big thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s event such a success.”