01 October 2013 marks the annual National Night Out and the Temple Terrace Police Department is prepared to join forces with the public at the city's Temple Terrace Family Recreation Center in Temple Terrace, Fla.
Enhancing the experience this year stems from the Tampa Electric Company which donated a check to the Temple Terrace Police for the festivities and logistics so that a more-enjoyable event is achieved.
Alan Denham of the Tampa Electric Company presented a check from TECO at the Temple Terrace City hall building where the Temple Terrace Police Department is based.
Among each year's attendance are Temple Terrace police officers, their family members, friends, political figures, and residents of this bedroom community of approximately 24,000 people. Organized and set-up by Police Officer Stefanie Huertas, who is assigned to the police department's Crime Prevention Unit, a candlelight vigil for victims of crime will conclude the two-hour event.
A street walk to show support for a crime-free community, rock climbing, sand art, face painting and myriad games and concessions are all part of the fun. The very core of this event is predicated on the partnership between the public and its police force. United and working together typically results in a more proactive and prosperous community.
The end goal is to make the city as crime-free as possible. Working as one affords a safer community. Community policing initiatives are the fabric of National Night Out.
The camaraderie among attendees each year draws the city police force closer to its constituency to whom police officers are in service.
The community will get to meet the police department's newest police officers; in turn, the police officers will commingle and listen to any concerns the residents and business merchants may have to share.
Temple Terrace cops exhibit their wares, such as police vehicles, SWAT gear, K-9 partners, and any assemblage of police operational principles.
Temple Terrace Police Chief Ken Albano and his family will be present to meet and greet the community.
The newest police K-9s will be present and police canine unit demonstrations are sure to thrill the audience. Similarly, the department's SWAT team will display special operations policing techniques, specialized equipment, and its SWAT tank acquired from military surplus.
Certain to be a huge treat for the younger attendees, an Aero-Med chopper will land and be on full display in the recreation center's grassy knoll.
An annual event, National Night Out serves to exhibit the Temple Terrace Police Department commitment to community and crime-fighting efforts. In its 30th year, National Night Out is a program of the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) organization.
The Temple Terrace National Night Out 2013 is free and runs from 6-8 p.m.
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