Hamden’s National Night Out 2022
Hamden – On Tuesday August 2nd, the Town of Hamden will be celebrating its annual National Night Out event.
Hamden’s National Night Out is a fun, free evening of over 50 community organizations, local entertainment, children’s activities, raffles, a cook out and much more! The event will take place at Villano Park, 260 Mill Rock Rd in Hamden from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For eleven years in a row, Hamden has ranked in the top 40 in the nation compared to similar sized cities and towns for the event and Project 365 “Clean, Safe and Beautiful Neighborhoods” (an extension of National Night Out).
National Night Out is celebrating its 39th year and is held in communities throughout the nation. It serves to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us in Giving Crime & Drugs A Going Away Party”
Hamden’s National Night Out will feature Farm on Wheels, Neckbones Photography Photo Booth, Picasso Parties Face Painting, Virtual Reality Game Truck, HPDP Canine Demonstration, Ice Cream for a Dream, P.L.A.C.E. Trolley on the Go!, Clifford Beers Community Care Center, Daniel’s Company Youth Leadership Mentoring, and more; as well as local talent such as DJ Prime, Chaila Gilliams, Tonya Clark, and Sha’lece Thompson. Hamden’s Community Services Department is sponsoring our free cook out which will be facilitated by our Youth Ambassadors and Quinnipiac University Occupational Health students.
Community organizations include Youth Entrepreneurs, CT VIP, The Village, The Connection, AAA Northeast, CT Football Club, Community Health Network, QVHD, Spa at Home, MADD, Green Peacock Corp., Crosspoint Credit Union, Ms. President US, Connecticare, New Haven Health Department, Renewal By Andersen and more! Cornell Scott Hill Health Center Van will be on hand to offer free vaccinations, boosters, blood pressure screenings and more.
Hamden’s National Night Out is hosted by the Town of Hamden Office of the Mayor, Youth Services, Police Department and SPCP (Strengthening Police and Community Partnerships). It is sponsored by the Town of Hamden Police Department, Youth Services and Community Services with support from Crosspoint Credit Union. Raffle prizes provided by Books & Company, Wood-n-Tap, The Soup Girl, Price Rite, Stop and Shop, Three Brothers Diner, Thyme & Season, Renewal By Andersen, Splash Car Wash, Johnson’s Duckpin Lanes, and Whitneyville Food Center.
Mayor Lauren Garrett commented, “I am looking forward to joining community members at Villano Park for our National Night Out event. This annual event focused on community resources and collaboration for crime reduction is an opportunity for all of our community partners to come together in conversation and shared purpose with our residents.”
Acting Chief of Police Timothy Wydra commented, “On behalf of the Hamden Police Department, I want to thank the organizers of this worthwhile annual event. National Night Out brings community stakeholders together to increase public and police collaboration in an effort to reduce crime through effective implementation of preventative strategies and to build trust between the community and the police.”
Facilitator for the Hamden SPCP (Strengthening Police and Community Partnerships) Council, Jacqueline Beirne, commented, “The Hamden SPCP Council is excited to participate in our first National Night Out event. This event is core to our mission of building the bridge between police and community; working together for a stronger, safer Hamden.”
For further information, please contact Youth Services Coordinator, Susan Rubino, at (203) 777-2610 ext. 1120 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.