National Night Out Brings Unity Among Police and Community

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COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP -- Hundreds of people came together for the National Night Out in Coolbaugh Township. Officials say they are using this as an opportunity to get to know people they serve in Monroe County.

Officials say they are using this as an opportunity to get to know people they serve in Monroe County.

A Pocono Country Place Public Safety Chief Kurt Cummings says in order to keep people in the community safe, it's important to keep the lines of communication open.

"You see what going on across the country right now with law enforcement and the community. For some reason that bridge is broken and it is important that it remains intact," said Cummings.

This year's National Night Out had games, dancing, giveaways, music, and free food like cotton candy, burgers, and cupcakes for everyone.

The Stroud Township Volunteer Fire Department had a smoke house to teach children the importance of fire safety.

Kids got a demonstration from a police dog and even got to see the inside of an emergency helicopter.

This was Emani Johnson's first time at National Night Out. She was glad she met law enforcement and see what they deal with on a daily basis.

"The stuff that's going on is not really nice, so getting a chance to talk to them is great to build a relationship with them," said Emani Johnson of Gouldsboro.

Police hope having a National Night Out helps people see officers in a good light.

"It brings us closer to the residents. We have 10,000 residents here. It's nice to be face to face here rather than other issues like pulling people over. It's good to give back to the community," said Corporal Robert Smith, of the A Pocono Country Place Public Safety.

Many other community organizations like the Neighborhood Watch were on hand asking for help to keep their streets safe.

Clarence Windbush serves on the Neighborhood Watch. He says having National Night Out promotes awareness and unity with the community.

"We don't need to fear them. They are there for our protection so they can help us with anything we need."

Law Enforcement is planning even more events to further develop relationships with the community.

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