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Party patrol! Cops mingle with community members at anti-crime events across borough

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All smiles: Youngster Erika Rivera shows off her new face paint at the 76th Precinct’s shindig in Coffey Park.
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Pony party: Ella Russell rides a horse from Kensington Stables at the 76th Precinct’s event.
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Family fun: Joanna Rios and daughters Kaylin and Julianna were all smiles at the 84th Precinct’s extravangza in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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Green dream: Aaron Elliston had a good time in Fort Greene Park.
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Dancing duo: Keisha Mayers and her daughter Kemarae Mayers performed at the 63rd Precinct’s bash.
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Say cheese: Officer Luhrs of the 60th Precinct strikes a pose for the camera.
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Dog days: Barrow the husky supports the 68th Precinct.

Talk about the fun police!

New York’s Finest hosted block parties across Brooklyn on Tuesday as part of the National Night Out Against Crime, a day that brought officers and community members together for some good clean fun, according to attendees.

“It was amazing, it was my first time being there and we had a really good time,” said Canarsie resident Keisha Mayers, who performed a dance with her daughter Kemarae at the 63rd Precinct’s extravaganza outside St. Columbia Church on Avenue V.

Kids played in bouncy houses, watched performances, and ate tons of free pizza and hot dogs, according to Mayers, who even got a chance to chat with Mayor DeBlasio when he made an appearance at the event.

And over in Red Hook’s Coffey Park, cops from the 76th Precinct gave pony rides on horses from Kensington Stables as tykes got their faces painted — an experience one youngster who got her mug decorated with a butterfly won’t soon forget, according to her mother.

“She loves that stuff,” said Red Hook resident Shanima Fleming, who brought her daughter Erika Rivera. “She had a ball.”

Other highlights from Kings County’s celebrations included officers spinning on turntables at Grand Army Plaza and a happy husky that represented the police department in Bay Ridge.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Posted 12:00 am, August 3, 2017
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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Cobble Hill says:
...fucck the police. Shooting a pregnant woman who called them for help because someone was breaking into her house? Fucck those maniacs.
Aug. 3, 10:58 am
Steven Rosner from Fresh Meadows says:
The question is do such"Free"police-sponsored parties,actually lead to better police relations with surrounding communities? Does it lead to reporting criminal-activities,that would otherwise,continually;go"unreported"? I recently saw in several news reports,that crime-rates, plummeted;in Camden,NJ-after the lcoal police organized"Free"rolling barbecues,across this small improvished southern New Jersey city. Unlike,ubiquitous hot dogs and pizza,it is doubtful that these improvished urban residents;regularly have such an event? Give me a"free"cookout,and I'd likely be persuaded,to do something,tha I otherwise;would be ovrely reluctant to do.
Aug. 4, 11:44 am

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