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Editor's Voice: Night Out shows us that police can be accessible

Posted 8/13/13

National Night Out, an anti-crime initiative, was observed on Tuesday, Aug. 6 in Middletown, Steelton and Highspire, and the turnout was impressive, especially considering the threat of rain. Residents took the opportunity to interact with their …

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Editor's Voice: Night Out shows us that police can be accessible


In Steelton, a large crowd lined up for hot dogs, and talked to representatives from a number of community groups, from the police to the Boy Scouts. Some residents started an impromptu line dance on Front Street, closed for the gathering at the Steelton Firehall.

Middletown’s Night Out was particularly impressive in its size and offerings. There was much to see – and a shuttle bus taking residents to different locations throughout the borough to see it all. Officer Gary Rux and a committee of community members he forged produced an excellent event featuring everything from ZooAmerica animals to an appearance by former Middletown soccer standout Jason Pelletier – everything donated. They should be proud of their efforts.

One particular attraction, a tour of the new police headquarters in the former Behney Building on Emaus Street, was a great idea, an opportunity to de-mystify the new location, which will soon be the permanent home of the force. The taxpayers paid for it, after all.

The event couldn’t have come at a better time for Middletown. With the closing last November of the borough’s communications center, residents have lost a long-standing resource where they could turn to report crime. It’s imperative, to keep the public trust, that the police force remain accessible to the public, and Night Out is one way the force can show residents that it is accessible. We hope that spirit continues the rest of the year.{jcomments on}


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