Fun police: Brooklynites join forces with officers at the 61st Precinct for annual Night Out carnival

Community Board 15 chairwoman Theresea Scavo serving hot dogs at the 61 National Night Out.
Photo by Steve Solomon

Everybody had the right — to party!

Locals flocked to the 61st Precinct’s Coney Island Avenue station house on Tuesday, when they partied it up with Brooklyn’s Boys in Blue for an annual festival celebrating local law enforcement.

Former community board 15 chairmen Butch Moran and Maurice Kolodin pose at National Night Out.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

The Sheepshead Bay police precinct has invited community members to join them for their National Night Out Against Crime carnival since the 1980s, and this year’s event was bigger than ever, according to one longtime local.

“It was very well attended. I have never seen that lot so crowded,” said Butch Moran. “I just hope that it increases in response every year. We are all in this together. The more people that support law enforcement, I believe that the laws will be better reinforced.”

Police Sergeant Michael Szczecinski hugs tyke Anson Yee at a National Night Out location in Brooklyn.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

New York’s Finest treated locals to a smorgasbord of tasty treats, including dishes celebrating the neighborhood’s ethnic diversity, according to one community man.

“It was not like years past where there was just the American hamburgers and hotdogs, there was diverse Russian and Chinese delicacies. It made it feel more inclusive and gave recognition to the 61st Precinct, because we have a diverse community,” said Maurice Kolodin.

Cassidy Liang and Mary Halbani enjoy some of the food at National Night Out.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Rounding out the event were cultural performances, along attractions including face painting, photo booths, bouncy castles and clowns, who ensured everyone had a great time, according to one office.

“Everybody had a blast,” said Det. Sammy Shaya.

Kids from the Happy House Community and Culturel Center singing and dancing at National Night Out.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

National Night Out is an annual event that debuted in 1984, which sees law enforcement agencies across the country host free community events to help foster good public relations.

Reach reporter Chandler Kidd at ckidd@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–2525. Follow her at twitter.com/ChanAnnKidd.

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