The Glen Cove community came out in full force to show their support for the Glen Cove Police Department (GCPD) on the 10th anniversary of the department’s National Night Out event.
“National Night Out is a program that is celebrated by police and first responders across the country in an effort to promote the importance of strong community relations for public safety and crime prevention,” said Sergeant Ryan Nardone, the event’s chairperson. “We were thrilled to see hundreds of residents participating in this year’s event and we greatly appreciated their engagement with our police officers. We are also thankful for the commitment of Mayor Spinello, Police Chief William Whitton, Deputy Chief Chris Ortiz, local dignitaries and the Police Benevolent Association who made this important event a city priority.”
In Glen Cove, Bridge Street was the place to be as the Glen Cove Police Department, with contributions from local businesses, city departments and organizations hosted an evening of entertainment, fun and games, great food and music.
“As a community we are fortunate to have our own police department and each year National Night Out reminds us of the importance of recognizing the hard work of the men and women in blue who day in and day out put their lives on the line to serve and protect our community,” said Mayor Reggie Spinello.
“It was wonderful to see families learning about public safety by touring our police department, watching our demonstrations, having their children get their Operation Safe Child ID badges and enjoying a few laughs by taking aim to dunk a cop in our dunking tank,” added event co-chair police officer Roberto Telese.
Former Glen Cove Youth Bureau executive director Arlene O’Dell was selected by the GCPD as the 2016 honoree. In accepting her plaque, O’Dell said, “I am humbled by this award and appreciated the opportunity to work with the youth of our community and the Glen Cove Police Department for all 10 years of Glen Cove’s National Night Out events.”
The Glen Cove Police Department extends its gratitude to the Glen Cove community and their National Night Out sponsors including: the Glen Cove PBA, Youth Bureau, Department of Public Works, Volunteer Fire Department, EMS, Harbor Patrol, Glen Cove Housing Authority, Northwell Health–Glen Cove Hospital, Downtown B.I.D., American Paving & Masonry, Astoria Bank, Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Mary Stanco and Laffey Fine Homes International, Richie Cannata, Dr. Maxine Cappel-Mayreis, Glen Cove Child Day Care Center, Downtown Café, The Regency at Glen Cove, GMA Martial Arts, King Kullen Supermarkets, DJ Michael McGrady, Musketa Cove Bait & Tackle, NEFCU, New York Life, Risa’s Smiley Time Kiddie’s Parties, Stop & Shop Supermarket, Sudden Life, Well Care Insurance and Cove Animal Rescue.