Smithfield police will hold inaugural Night Out Friday

Smithfield police will hold inaugural Night Out Friday

Officer Ryan Perry helped coordinate the first Smithfield Community Police Night Out to be held this Friday, Aug. 23. Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win the Power Wheels pictured with Perry with the donation of a back-to-school item.

SMITHFIELD – Get to know Smithfield’s men and women in blue during the first Smithfield Community Police Night Out to be held this Friday, Aug. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m.

D.A.R.E. officer and elementary School Resource Officer Ryan Perry helped coordinate the new event. He said rather than participate in the National Night Out earlier this month, the Smithfield Police Department wanted to create a more community-oriented event.

In the past, the event was held at the Crossings at Smithfield, but this year the free event will be centered at the Smithfield High School football field, 90 Pleasant View Ave.

“We want to create a stronger relationship between us and the community,” Perry said.

Hitting close to home, the proceeds of the event will be donated to the ALS Foundation in memory of Smithfield Dispatcher Cheryl Corsa-Crook, who died in July from the disease.

Those who attend will be entered into a raffle to win a Power Wheels vehicle with a donation of back-to-school supplies.

The supplies will be added to the SPD collection for Kids, Cops and Classrooms, which benefits children in the community.

SPD will collect school supplies throughout the night and at the station, 215 Pleasant View Ave., until next Monday, Aug. 26.

Other activities include low-cost face-painting and henna. Standing out from the National Night out, the Community Police Night Out will feature a rock wall, gaming truck, game stations, dunk-a-cop dunk tank, food trucks, popcorn, cotton candy, colored sand art, a gift basket raffle and more.

Perry said people will have to pay for food at food trucks. Other paid activities, such as the dunk tank, will be at a reduced rate of $2 to $3.

All police officers attending the event will be there on a volunteer basis, Perry said.

“It’s an opportunity to meet new people and make our connection to the community stronger,” Perry said.

Perry said he hopes to continue the event each year.