Belchertown hosted its own version of National Night Out. They called it their Public Safety Night.
Police partnered with the Fire department, the sheriff’s department and the senior center.
They performed child safety seat inspections and gave the kids a chance to sit in fire trucks and police vehicles.
They also had a “Hidden in Plain Sight” room for parental drug education. But the main attraction was the police dog Search and Recovery demonstration. It was an opportunity to get acquainted.
“It helps us get to know them,” said Belchertown Lt. Kevin Pacunas. “They get to know us. We get to show off some of the things we do. Show them things we have to offer beyond just regular police services; our community policing.”
The police provided tours of the municipal building; their first open house since it opened in 2000.
This was Belchertown’s first Public Safety Night, and they hope to make it an annual event.