Kevin VeseyAug 1, 2017, 9:38 pm

East Meadow kids connect with local law enforcement at the park for National Night Out

The event is meant to form relationships between communities, police

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It was a night of fun for East Meadow kids at Veterans Memorial Park with clowns performing magic tricks and tossing out candy on Tuesday night where families and officers got together for National Night Out, an event meant to form relationships between the community and police.

The coast-to-coast partnership between police departments and communities, with an emphasis on safety.

“I think it's great for the neighborhood, I think it's great for the kids, especially so they know what to do in an emergency and how to stay safe,” resident Melinda Geraghty said.

This was only one of several different National Night Out events held across Long Island.

New acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder made an appearance in Uniondale.

“We all have the same vision, the same goals that we'd like to live in a crime free environment, and that's what we're here to do,” Commissioner Ryder said.

It's also a chance for kids to learn more about what it takes to wear the badge.

Some Nassau County law enforcement explorers were helping watch over the crowd in East Meadow. The group consisted of young men and women from the ages of 14 to 21 and most of them are pursuing their own careers in law enforcement.

“We go out on weekends, we serve the community, and we prevent crime. We do a program called the Explorer Community Awareness Program where we hand out safety tips on how to prevent crime,” said Kevin Flash, chief of the Nassau County Law Enforcement Explorers.

National night out events like this were held in all fifty states as well as U.S. territories and on military bases around the world.

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