WILMINGTON, MA — On August 1, 2017 the Wilmington Police Department will be hosting its 4th Annual National Night Out event. Held nationally on the first Tuesday in August, National Night Out is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Wilmington’s event will be held at Rotary Park across from the Public Safety Building from 6-8 pm.
According to Chief Michael Begonis, the Wilmington Police Department began hosting this event after receiving a $100,000 grant from the Woburn based Cummings Foundation in 2014.
“This has become an event that both the community of Wilmington and our Officers look forward to every year,” stated Chief Begonis. “The event gives residents a chance to meet our Officers and talk to them face to face. They get to learn about the job that we do and we get to hear about the concerns that they have in their neighborhoods.”
The Department was awarded a second grant from Cummings Foundation last month to help fund our community and safety initiatives.
This year’s event will include emergency vehicle & equipment displays, demonstrations, bouncy houses, face painting, dunk-a-cop, food, and much more. The event will conclude at 8pm with a showing of Disney’s “Zootopia”.
“This is going to be our best event yet,” stated event coordinator, Officer Matt Stavro. “We have several federal law enforcement agencies bringing vehicles, equipment, and information about how they work with our Department and the community of Wilmington. The Irish American Police Officers Association Pipes & Drums will be performing and we are really excited to once again have a Massachusetts National Guard Black Hawk helicopter landing at the event.”
The Department id extremely thankful from the support from several businesses in the community. Red Heat Tavern will be back again to provide food to the attendees free of charge. The Wilmington & Woburn Target stores will be supplying water and will be raffling off two bicycles for children.
Local business, Blink, will be joining this year’s event as well. Blink is a subscription free, completely wireless home security camera that sends motion-activated alerts and HD video to the home owner’s smartphone. Blink will be raffling off 25 two camera video home security systems at the event. This is an opportunity for residents to learn about some relatively inexpensive measures to protect their home and a chance to go home with a free security system!
In case of rain, limited activities will still be held in the Wilmington Fire Department’s vehicle bay. Event updates will be posted on the Police Department’s Facebook & Twitter pages.
Participating agencies include:
- Wilmington Police Department
- Wilmington Fire Department
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
- FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association
- Drug Enforcement Agency
- US Postal Inspections Service
- Massachusetts State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section
- Massachusetts State Police Mounted Unit
- Massachusetts National Guard
- Federal Reserve Police Department
- Middlesex Sheriff’s Office
(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Police Department.)
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