East Flatbush community members intermingle with police officials, city leaders and clergy on its neighborhood streets for fun, fellowship and a message of unity. The event, hosted by the Community Affairs Officers of Precinct 67 is an ongoing initiative in celebration of National Night Out Against Crime. Attendees included NYS Senator Zellnor Myrie, Precinct 67 Community Council President Patricia Reddock, Bishop R.C. Hugh Nelson and Pastor Edward Hinds of God Squad, Deputy Inspector Gaby Celiba and retired Police Chief Robert Boyce, who considers the East Flatbush community his ‘home.’
As leaders express thoughts on the need to build the community and interconnect with residents, event goers receive free meals, fresh off the grill in a “block- party” styled event. Laughter, cheers and conversation are heard amongst the diverse crowd ranging in age from youth to mature adults. As children rotate in and out the giant bouncy house, tables of information on community programs, healthcare and support groups also line the streets to service all in need.
“I think it is good to see everyone coming together,” stated a 10-year old community resident. Amongst the volunteers included paint artist and business owner, ‘Bert The leather Guy.’
” I do this to see miles of smiles,” explains Bert, while offering free face painting to event goers.
According to 67th Precinct Community Council President Patricia Reddock, the city will continue to host various events to help bridge unity and revive communities through investing in its most valuable asset- the people.
For more info on upcoming events, please contact council members by visiting: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/precincts/67th-precinct.page