CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Chicopee Police Department held its annual National Night Out.
The event was held at Sarah Jane Sherman Park and it was a good turnout for the Chicopee community to meet their local first responders.
National Night Out is celebrated nationwide this year on Tuesday. August 3, and more than 16,000 communities across the country hold National Night Out events every year. Chicopee kicked off their event a day early this year
“We want to make sure that people can come out and feel safe, have a great time, and know that we are all in this together,” said Chicopee Mayor John Vieau.
Chicopee families were able to connect with their neighborhood police, checking out their vehicles and enjoying some games, music, and good food.
Julieanice Ortiz, a 7-year-old from Chicopee was with her family for the event. She told 22News she was happy to meet some police officers.
“They gave me stickers,” said Ortiz. “And asked me a question “who you gonna call if something happens?” and I said 9-11!”
Along with the Chicopee Police Department, members of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, and city council were in attendance.
“I think it’s nice how they did this,” said Maryluz Sein, a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee. “I want to be a homicide detective.”
“I am showing them that females can be police officers,” said Lt. Holly Cote of the Chicopee Police Department. “I want to instill in them that whatever job you want to have, you can have it, you just need to work hard for it.”
A vaccination bus was also hand-offering those eligible for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Several other communities will be holding National Night Out events on Tuesday. Those communities include:
- Adams – Hoosac Street, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Agawam – School Street Park, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Athol – Lord Pond Plaza, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
- East Longmeadow – High School, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Enfield – Town Green, 820 Enfield St, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Monson – Veteran’s Field, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- North Adams – Noel Field, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Orange – Butterfield Park, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Palmer – Police Department Parking Lot, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Petersham – Town Common, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Pittsfield – Several parks throughout the city, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Royalston – Bullock Park, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Sturbridge – Town Common, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Wales – Fire Station, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Ware – Grenville Park, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Williamstown – The Spruces, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
More than 16,000 communities across the country hold National Night Out events every year. They’re meant to bring together residents and the first responders who help them.