The Milford Police Department is one of thousands of police agencies to participate in America’s Night Out Against Crime campaign, a crime/drug prevention event that allows for positive and friendly interaction between officers and the community. This year’s event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7.
1. Fun for the whole family The event is meant to be relaxing affair, filled with activities for adults and their little ones. The Funsters, a local band who has been performing up and down the state all summer long, will be in the park all evening entertaining community members with songs from the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Frank Sinatra and more. Parents with small children will happy to hear a moon bounce and face painting is always in store.
2. Safety matters The Milford Police Department may be hosting, but residents will also have a chance to mingle with other law enforcement officials from the state’s Department of Highway Safety, DNREC Fish & Wildlife, Carlisle Fire Department, Sussex EMS and the University of Delaware. The idea behind the event is to provide a casual setting for police officers to interact with the community. “It’s a good way to allow residents to feel comfortable talking to us,” said Joe Melvin, School Resource Officer for the Milford Police Department. Melvin has been a lead organizer of the event for two years. “Some people may have had negative experiences with law enforcement in the past. This breaks down that barrier, so the community can see we’re approachable and that we’re here to protect them.”
3. Free is always fun This event is free and open to the public. The Milford Police Department encourages residents to stop by and meet their local officers if they haven’t done so already. “People can approach us whether it’s complaint-related or if they have concerns. It’s a comfortable setting.”