To the editor:
On Tuesday, Aug. 6, Salem joined thousands of communities across the nation for National Night Out — “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” This was Salem’s fourth National Night Out event and it was a huge success thanks to the outpouring of support from our business community, law enforcement, public safety and community service partners.
As part of the Salem Police Department’s community engagement program, the evening was designed to give the Salem community — residents and visitors alike — the opportunity to interact with members of the law enforcement and public safety professions from Salem and surrounding communities, meet their neighbors and learn about safety, health and crime-prevention programs in a relaxed and fun-filled evening.
The night began with a group of students from the Salem Public Schools leading us in the national anthem — thanks, kids! The event saw people of all ages — from toddlers to seniors — enjoying the K-9 demonstration, checking out police, fire and emergency services vehicles and equipment, the Salem Fire Department’s smoking-hot-side-by-side sprinkler demonstration, the Massachusetts State Police roll-over safety demonstration vehicle, classic cars from the Marblehead Old Car Club, first aid and survival demonstrations by the Scouts, raffles, face painting, bouncy houses and activities for kids and loads of information tables getting the word out about health, crime prevention and services offered by numerous public service agencies and community groups. We were also joined by chiefs of police and senior law enforcement officials from our surrounding communities, the Essex County sheriff, the commanding officer of USCG Station Gloucester and the assistant special agent in charge, FBI Boston.
We were extremely thankful to Callie Hughes and students from the On-Point program for reaching out to us and volunteering to share their musical talents with us.
The Boys & Girls Club vs. police department basketball game was a huge hit, and we look forward to a rematch next year. (The police department lost — we’ve got a year to practice and work on our game.)
The pizza, donated by Deli House, Engine House, Essex’s New York Pizza & Deli, Mandee’s, Pizza World and Salem House of Pizza and served by volunteers from the Salem community, was delicious. Thanks to all!
A special thanks to John Boris, community supporter extraordinaire, and our numerous sponsors who helped make this event possible, including Tropical Products, Walmart, Target, Market Basket, Harrison’s Comics, McDonalds, Burger King, Donald Bates, Christopher L. Plunkett, Vernco Salem, Barbara J. Maitland, Casey & Lundegran, the Law Offices of Anthony G. Keck and Associates, Badabing, attorney Francis T. Mayo, attorney James A. Peterson, J&R Services, Salem Overhead Door Company, Simard’s Barber Shop and the YMCA of the North Shore. Your generosity made this event a resounding success — thank you from all of us at the Salem Police Department.
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at National Night Out 2020.
Mary E. Butler
Chief of police