Thousands of community members joined police at Victory Field on Woodhaven Boulevard to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and residents.
“It started many years ago when all you had to do was sit on your porch and turn on the lights,” said Assemblyman Mike Miller. “But this is what the event has grown into, and I’d like to thank everyone who contributed.”
The community was treated to entertainment and an opportunity to take a look at various NYPD vehicles. Local businesses such as Austin’s Ale House, Kaieteur Restaurant, New Apple Funding, Don Tequila Urban Cantina, Caribbean Cabana and Club Mazi donated refreshments.
The John Adams High School Air Force Junior ROTC presented the colors and the flag.
“I think the 102nd Precinct Community Council is one of the best around,” said Deputy Inspector Courtney Nilan. “They help us every step of the way.”
The council presented a $500 check to the Detective Brian “Smiles” Simonsen Memorial Foundation. Simonsen was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.
“It’s a nice event because everyone in the community can come together,” said Carlos Lopez, an auxiliary cop for 20 years. “I wish that we could do it more often. It’s important for people to get to know all of us, and it’s nice to see the kids running around and enjoying everything.”