Fairview Township Police hosted their first National Night Out in Roof Park, drawing hundreds of people. Police Chief Jason Loper says residents requested they hold the event. They planned for months and local businesses donated food and more.
“The police interaction with people tends to be negative,” says Loper. “We’re dealing with them under bad situations even if it’s a traffic stop that’s still a negative situation so here we can interact with the public in a positive way.”
In York, the block parties for National Night Out have been held for years. However, some, at a block party on the first block of South Penn Street, say they still have a negative image of police.
“You got different perspectives from different people,” says York resident Will Spencer, who didn’t explain why he distrusts police. “I just think this is a good night to come out, enjoy yourself, despite who attends.”
Organizers say attendance was high this year, as neighbors chatted and listened to music and their kids took advantage of a bounce house and face-painting.
“I think they need to incorporate the children that have a negative image about the police being mean people, you know, and I think it’s a great thing,” says York resident Cheleatha Cease.