The 103rd Precinct went all-out for its celebration at Rufus King Park on Tuesday night.
There was a long line for burgers and hot dogs, which were distributed by the young “explorers,” children in a police-run community service organization. Children ran around with butterflies painted on their faces by Cupcake the Clown and played games, including nock-hockey and had some fun with hula-hoops. A DJ played music that carried throughout the park and some attendees danced to it. Several community organizations distributed flyers and information about services for residents.
Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann said the night was about “making the neighborhood safer, especially for the children.”
Lisbeth Lafaurie comes every year because her children enjoy the event, especially having their faces painted.
“It’s good, we don’t really see them, but once a year it’s nice,” she said.
Later in the evening, the precinct presented its annual Charles Davids Award to William Long, the son of an officer who was killed in 1956 after only two years on the job. Long helps the precinct with its Christmas party and other events.
Some children were recognized for cleaning up a portion of the park and planting flowers. Donna Clopton, president of the precinct’s community council said this is appreciated since the area has an issue with people dumping trash.
Clopton said that community relations are “pretty good” overall and that community affairs encourages people to reach out to them if they have a problem so that they can work together to solve it.
Sgt. Ingenito from the Patrol Borough Queens South said the auxiliary units are strong because there are about 70 volunteer officers who work seven nights a week and at programs and street fairs.