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Bring on the night! Borough parties with the police for ‘Night Out’

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Better than a hat: Sgt. Frances Goldschlager from the 60th Precinct got a new look.
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Next generation of officers: Kids try on police badges during the 60th Precinct’s event.
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Serving together: Officers from the 78th Precinct also enjoyed a night out at Grand Army Plaza.
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Spinning for the crowd: An officer from the 78th Precinct plays some music for the event.
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Putting on a show: Over at the 63rd Precinct’s gathering, kids entertained the crowd with dance moves.
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All smiles: Mehat Ramis and his daugher Marly had a blast.
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Mmmm, hot dogs!: Mill Basinites Ola Baruwa with her kids Bolaji, Banji, and Abiola enjoy the food.
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Showing off: The precinct had a Marine station for people to work out and try pull-ups.
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Serving their community: Officers from the 63rd Precinct.
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Local heroes: From left, Stephen Schnibbe Jr., Fort Hamilton’s new Col. Peter Sicoli, Sgt. Maj. Tony Stephens, and Joesph Ferris hang out during the 68th Precinct’s National Night Out.
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Bay Ridge buddies: Capt. Joseph Hayward from the 68th Precinct and Councilman Vincent Gentile kid around.
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Free ices!: Volunteers from Fontbonne Hall Academy give away Italian ices to the crowd.
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Giving him a push: An officer from the 68th Precinct pushes a kid on the swings during National Night Out.

They had the right to remain excited!

Scores of families celebrated the relationship between police and community during the borough’s various National Night Out Against Crime celebrations on Aug. 2. Locals all over Brooklyn enjoyed noshing on hot dogs and Italian ices, jumping on bouncy castles, and watching kids’ dance performances alongside the men and women in blue. Police were tasked with ensuring everyone’s safety, but officers didn’t shy away from having fun with their neighbors, according to one Mill Basinite who attended the 63rd Precinct’s in Marine Park and said she wasn’t the slightest bit intimidated kickin’ it with cops.

“I was comfortable talking to them, absolutely. And it was fun spending time with them and talking to them. I felt safe,” said Ola Baruwa, who brought her three kids. “The kids had so much fun — the bouncy castle, they did some games, they watched the dancing group, they had the food, we got a lot of free stuff.”

And one Sheepshead Bay resident had a blast cheering on his 12-year-old daughter, who shook it with her dance company at the 61st Precinct’s party, he said.

“We watched their performance, absolutely excellent work,” said Mehat Ramis. “It’s very, very fun and lots of food.”

Over at the 60th Precinct’s night out in Coney Island, three clowns made sure no one walked away without a smile on their face. And Sgt. Frances Goldschlager added a little color to her uniform with a crafted pink balloon hat.

Up in Park Slope during the 78th Precinct’s event, a police-officer-turned-disc-jockey for the night spun music for the crowds and kids enjoyed rock climbing on an inflatable wall.

And in Bay Ridge during the 68th Precinct’s night out, local heroes from the Fort Hamilton base — including new leader Col. Peter Sicoli — shook hands with kids and posed for photos.

Councilman Vincent Gentile (D–Bay Ridge) spent part of the evening with the precinct commanding officer Capt. Joseph Hayward and said the camaraderie amongst the local officers and community members during the event was a great sign in light of tense community-police relations nationwide.

“The relationship between the community and the brave men and women in blue who protect us each and every day must continue to prosper, especially in today’s climate,” said Gentile.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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mike getz from boro park says:
great shot of talented people!
Aug. 5, 2016, 9:42 pm

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