Hundreds of Upper Manhattan Residents Celebrate National Night Out
August 2, 2011 8:17pm | By Olivia Scheck, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
Kids got free face paintings at National Night Out in Inwood. (DNAinfo/Olivia Scheck)
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS AND INWOOD — Hundreds of neighborhood residents turned out in Washington Heights and Inwood Tuesday for an evening of fun, food and children's games in the company of their local police departments.
The annual National Night Out events, held at J. Hood Wright Park in Washington Heights and at Anne Loftus Playground in Inwood, offered police and locals a chance to share their concerns and get to know one another.
"What's great about it is there are a lot of kids ... so it gives you a chance to show them what opportunities are out there," Captain Brian Mullen, Commanding Officer of the 33rd Precinct in Washington Heights, explained.
A group of auxiliary police officers — who volunteer four hours per week patroling the community and assisting with events — handed out applications to potential recruits.
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