NEWINGTON – Police officers are inviting residents of all ages to join them for a night of old-fashioned fun next week.
Newington Police Department’s National Night Out is set for Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of PD headquarters off of Garfield Street.
There will be free food and games, axe-throwing and much more.
“It’s an excellent time for police officers to connect with the community in an informal, fun-filled atmosphere,” Community Services Officer Jamie DeSimone told the Herald Monday. “It’s a great opportunity for us to build relationships with Newington residents.”
This is the department’s fourth time taking part in the National Night Out campaign, joining law enforcement across the U.S. in strengthening police-community partnerships.
Covid-19 canceled last year’s event, but Newington PD’s 2019 “Night Out” was a smashing success and a whole lot of fun for families. This time around, officers are hoping to engage young families again, but also teens and adults without children. To do that, they have added a few different activities to the evening’s lineup.
“We were able to solidify mobile axe-throwing this year,” DeSimone said.
For the kiddos who want to try their hand at the newly-popular sport, there will also be inflatable axe-throwing.
Another new addition is the Connecticut State Police’s “Convincer” – an educational carnival ride of sorts that simulates the impact of a two- to five- mile-per-hour collision. While participants are strapped in, they are still shaken up, reminding them that without a seatbelt such an impact could be high-risk.
“Even slow-moving accidents can be very dangerous,” said Officer DeSimone, who likes to incorporate some kind of safety awareness activity into the Annual Night Out. “This just shows the importance of wearing a seatbelt,” she added.
Newington’s newest toy store JoJo’s will be presenting a tie-dye T-shirt station, offering people the opportunity to make their own creation on-site.
The wildly-popular Emergency Ice Cream Truck will be returning this year, courtesy of a donation from Connecticut Bail Bonds Group .
“We really could not host this event without the generosity of our community sponsors,” DeSimone said.
Sponsors also include Walmart, the Flash Lady Photography, Outback Steakhouse and many more.
Outback will be serving up steak and fruit skewers to visitors. In addition to other free refreshments, Jeff’s Kettle Corn and Avery’s Soda will be available.
Also look for the Dunk-a-Cop tank, Rolling Video Games truck and children’s inflatable amusements.
Parking will be in the upper Town Hall lots or in the parking area off of Garfield Street, across from Mill Pond Falls.
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IF YOU GO
WHAT: Newington Police Department’s National Night Out
WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 5-8 p.m.
WHERE: Newington PD’s parking lot, Garfield St.
HOW: Admission is free