New York’s Finest are preparing for the 30th annual National Night Out Against Crime festivities throughout the borough Tuesday night.
All precincts in Queens will participate in the event, which is held in all 50 states and U.S. territorities. The goal is to strengthen the relationships between the police and the communities they serve.
There will be games, pony rides and bouncy castles among other activities for children and Officer McGruff the NYPD mascot, will make an appearance at some locations. Most precincts will also serve hot dogs and other treats.
To help residents protect themselves and their families from criminals, the police will distribute safety information, teach crime prevention courses and hold demonstrations.
In Forest Park, the 102nd Precinct will have a bouncy house by the Buddy Memorial Monument, near the corner of Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be free food to eat and police officers and local politicians to schmooze with.
Special guest Calypso Rose is singing at Jamaica’s Rufus King Park, where the 103rd Precinct is hosting a barbeque from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The precinct will bestow the annual Charles A. Davis award, which is named for a policeman who was killed in the line of duty. There will be a candle lighting at 9 p.m. to symbolize togetherness against crime.
The 104th Precinct is giving out refreshments, health screenings and public safety information at Joseph Mafera Park at 65th Place and Catalpa Boulevard from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will also be rides for children.
At Alley Pond Park, on Winchester Boulevard and Union Turnpike, the 105th Precinct will have inflatable bouncy toys, food and music from 5 to 9 p.m.
The 106th Precinct will have an event on the PS 232 playground in Lindenwood from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Electchester Shopping Center on Harry Van Ardsdale Jr. Avenue will have music, food and games from the 107th Precinct at 7 p.m. They will also give out free flashlights and have a mobile blood donation center.
The 108th Precinct will set up a bouncy castle at John Andrews Playground on 49th Avenue, between Vernon Boulevard and 5th Street in Long Island City at 6 p.m. While a DJ plays music, the corrections department will demonstrate how leg shackles work and the crime prevention officer will register cell phones so that they can be tracked if they are stolen.
In Flushing, the 109th Precinct’s celebration will be at P.S. 20 at 5 p.m.
The 110th Precinct’s event at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, near the 111th Street entrance, will include a DJ, food and a softball game between the police and Queens Center Mall employees from 5 to 8 p.m. The petting zoo and amusement park will be open.
Over at the Douglaston Plaza Shopping Center, the 111th Precinct will have programs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in front of Modell’s.
The 112th Precinct will offer free food, raffles, safety information, and demonstrations in MacDonald Park from 6 to 9 p.m. The Forest Hills Jewish Center is the rain location.
In Baisley Pond Park, on 155th Street in South Jamaica, the 113th Precinct will have festivities from 6 to 9 p.m.
Officer McGruff, along with live NYPD canines, will be in Astoria Park, where the 114th Precinct will have pony rides, dunk tanks and refreshments from 5 to 8 p.m. Children identification kits will be available to help the police find children if they get lost.
Across the street from the 115th Precinct, there will be activities at Northern Playground on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights from 6 to 9 p.m.