Communities throughout Lower Bucks came out in droves to celebrate National Night Out Tuesday evening. The event, held nationwide, is meant to strengthen relationships between local police and the people they serve.
Falls Township Parks and Recreation Director Brian Andrews organized its evening at the local community park. It featured bounce castles, mini-golf, face-painting, and a balloon artist. Plus, Falls Township Police Department personnel attended to meet and greet with residents.
Chief of Police Will Wilcox said the evening let the community see its local police officers with their “hair down.”
“I think the evening is going wonderfully. I think Mr. Andrews did a wonderful job putting this together,” Wilcox said. “It’s another instrument we have where the public can interact with us, get to know us a little bit better. Everybody looks like they’re enjoying themselves, and that’s what this night is about.”
In Bristol Township, festival-goers enjoyed local vendors, complimentary food and beverages, and bouncy houses for kids. The Bristol Township Police, Bucks County Rescue Squad, and Bristol Fire Department gave community members in depth tours of their vehicles. In essence, they gave a firsthand glimpse into what it’s like to serve their community.
Grace, a member of the Bristol Township Police Department’s youth organization, explained why this particular event is important.
“It’s fun. It’s nice to see the families come out and get to know more about what’s going on,” she said. “We wanted to help out and try to teach others about what we do.”
Municipal neighbors in Middletown and Bensalem Townships also held large events. They featured K-9 exhibitions and a wide array of fun activities.
Check for more photos from National Night Out in Falls and Bristol Townships on WBCB’s Instagram.
WBCB’s Sam Foxwell contributed to this post.