The Milford Police Department will be hosting its annual Community Night Out on Tuesday, August 5 from 6pm to 8pm in Bicentennial Park. The purpose of this event is to heighten awareness of the Milford Police Department’s services and crime prevention and more importantly to continue to build a strong relationship with the Milford Community.
This will mark the 20th year that the Milford Police Department has participated in the national event, which has been going on for over 30 years the first Tuesday of every August. The program aims to promote neighborhood spirit and a police-community partnership in fighting for a safer nation.
“National Night Out is a great way for families to interact with police officers in a positive environment,” commented Chief of Police Keith Hudson. “The only involvement most people have with an officer is when a crime has occurred or they are stopped for a traffic violation. The best crime prevention is a good relationship with our citizens and this event allows that opportunity.”
Milford School District Resource Office Corporal Robert Masten continues to help organize the event and stresses the need for police officers to interact with citizens on an incident-free basis.
“It allows us to interact with the community in a positive and proactive way,” commented Masten. “People get out and have a chance to see the police department in a different light as we showcase our services.”
Officer Masten has worked in the Milford School District developing programs to teach students about cyberbullying and smart decision making. The hiring of two additional School Resource Officers by the Milford School District was approved last year and are expected to begin this upcoming school year in an attempt to strengthen the relationship between Milford families and the police department.
Milford Police Department’s Community Night Out will include free music, food, drinks, and emergency vehicles on display. Representatives from the following agencies will have displays: Carlisle Fire Company, Delaware Attorney General’s Office Child Predator Task Force, Delaware Department of Highway Safety, Delaware Emergency Management, Sussex County EMS, Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension.