July 15 was the annual Harmony Picnic in Roy Wilkins park. The picnic, hosted by the NYPD Queens Borough South is a coming together of police and community for a day of fun. Anyone and everyone could take part! Assistant Chief David Barrere, along with police officers of every rank and department and auxiliary officers attended the event. They mixed with children of all ages from toddler to teen.
Food was abundant! Police officers cooked up burgers and hot dogs. Tuna and turkey sandwich meals were an alternative served. Beverages included chocolate milk, juice boxes and plenty of cold water to beat the heat and humidity. Healthy options were also available including carrots and fruits.
Activities were plentiful! There was mountain climbing where children were strapped in and assisted by officers as they climbed a faux rock wall. Bouncy houses were full of jumpers and sliders. Face painting, courtesy of Health First and drawn by Kevin the Clown, highlighted various personality of monsters, gremlins, fairies and kittens. Music and dancing had children (and police!) on the floor flexing their wobble, shuffle, shake and nay-nay. The dance like Michael Jackson contest spurred a gift giveaway where dancers were rewarded with top quality toys which were both educational and fun.
The event was very positive, friendly and a great opportunity to connect police and community. For many of the picnic’s youngest participants it was a first connection with law enforcement.
Cops like to have fun too!