The Milford Police Department hosted its annual Community Night Out on Tuesday, August 4 to heighten awareness of the Milford Police Department’s services and crime prevention efforts while continuing to build a strong relationship with the Milford Community. This marked the 21st year that the Milford Police Department participated in the national event, which has been going on for over 30 years on the first Tuesday of every August. The program aims to promote neighborhood spirit and a police-community partnership in fighting for a safer nation.
“I think the event went well. We were pleased that so many people braved the heat to support us and the agencies who participated,” said Milford Police officer Robert Masten. “My favorite part is always the interaction with the attendees. It’s always nice catching up with old friends and meeting new.”
Offering free music, food, drinks and with emergency vehicles on display, the Milford Police Department shared a fun experience with members of the Milford community. The event stressed the need for police officers to interact with citizens on an incident-free basis.
“We’re always looking to provide the best service possible and are always open to suggestions,” said Officer Masten. “We hope to continue to grow our social media activities, while continuing to maintain our connections with those who don’t utilize social media.”
Last year, the Milford Police Department launched a social media campaign, website and mobile app and has since attracted thousands of followers, almost 4,000 online followers through Facebook alone. While the use of online media has been successful for the department, Officer Masten stresses that Milford officers also want to make sure they continue to make face-to-face connections with the public a priority. He says that social media is helpful, but that nothing will replace making contacts in person.
“We will continue to make every effort to participate in the many community events that allow us to meet people and get out valuable safety related information,” said Officer Masten.
Officer Masten is one of three School Resource Officers as he coordinates with Pfc Theresa Bloodswoth and Pfc Matt Smith to serve all six schools in the Milford School District. School Resource Officers aim to create a positive connection with students while being a positive influence on the choices they make in and out of the classroom. By creating a positive impact on the lives of students, they hope to increase the chances that students will have a continued relationship with the police after graduation.