Annual National Night Out set for Tuesday

GLOVERSVILLE — Residents will get a chance to interact with first responders on Tuesday as the Fourth Annual National Night Out comes to the city.

Gloversville Police and the Gloversville Neighborhood Watch will be holding the event from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion on elm Street.

National Night out is designed to promote awareness about drug and crime prevention and gather support for local anti-crime programs.

According to city police the event sends “a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back.”

Children’s activities, music and vendors will be on hand to offer some fun for participants.

A bicycle auction will be included again this year. Police Chief Marc Porter said the police department has about eight bikes to auction off this year.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Night Out program began in 1984 and includes a multitude of national and international events including block parties, cookouts, parades, contests, youth activities and seminars aimed at building partnerships between police agencies and the community.

Over 16,000 communities in the United States, Canada, U.S. territories and military bases area expected to take part in the event.

Porter said during the event, city police will be donating money gathered through bottle and can returns to the Gloversville Little League.

Porter said the funds, which work out to about $12, were gathered through alcohol containers that were in the police evidence room after being taken during various arrests.

“They were purged as a part of our evidence room [cleanout],” Porter said.

Porter said once they were released, detectives decided they wanted to return the bottles and donate the funds to a local organization.

“It is a modest donation,” Porter said. “We thought it was a good cause.”

National Night Out is nationally sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, FunFlicks Outdoor Movies, ADT, Next Door and Associa. Local sponsors include the Gloversville Police Benevolent Association, Antonucci’s Produce, Brilliant Design and Print LLC and Stewarts Shops among others.

Kerry Minor cover Gloversville. She can be reached at kminor@leaderherald.com.

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