This year the National Night Out, a public event promoting safe communities and community partnerships, was held at Tai Tung Village in Chinatown on August 6.
Families and friends gather to engage with the law enforcements agencies, civic groups, neighborhood organizations, neighborhood crime watch groups and local officials.
Boston Police Department Captain Kenneth Fong of District A-1, which covers Chinatown, joined the celebration. “It’s great seeing everybody out here, seeing a lot of families, a lot of kids … it’s just really vibrant out here in Chinatown. It always has been,” he said. “This is our 20th year here in Tai Tung Village celebrating National Night Out. So this is a great event every year and we hope to continue this and continue the great work that the community and the police department are doing together.”
Mayor Marty Walsh and local political figures stopped by to celebrate with the Chinatown community.
“What makes neighborhood so great is the people that live in it, and it’s so great to see the young people involved in different activities and different organizations, as well as the older people who have been here for a long time,” Walsh said.
The grantees of the Top Crime Watch of the Year Award went to the Boston Chinatown Crime Watch, a neighborhood watch unit program established in 2005 by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England.
Auris Rosario, 24, mother of 4-year-old Reynel Villar Jerinson, watched her son get his hand painted.
“When I heard about this, I definitely want to come,” Rosario said. “He loves interacting and asking questions and he enjoys himself,” she said about her son.
Officers and community organizations engaged residents with games and gifts. Attendees were encouraged to take information pamphlets on safety procedures, while children were playing on the playground, eating popcorn and getting face-paintings. A number of dances were also performed.
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