Cutler Bay’s Policing Unit hosted National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2, for residents. Activities took place in the clubhouse at Isles of Bayshore within the Lakes by the Bay community.
Mayor Peggy Bell, Vice Mayor Ernest Sochin, Major Julie Miller, Lieutenant Peter Zaharakos, the Neighborhood Resource Unit and other police officers were in attendance at the event.
National Night Out is observed in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada as well as U.S. military bases around the world.
The celebration takes place on the first Tuesday in August of every year, and has been marked since 1984. National Night Out is a national effort to promote unity in communities and strengthen relationships between local public safety departments and citizens.
The day also is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. The events are sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and focus on drug prevention, neighborhood crime watch and other anti-crime efforts.
National Night Out with the town’s Policing Unit consisted of residents meeting police officers, addressing concerns and receiving essential crime prevention tips from the town’s Neighborhood Resource Unit (NRU).
“This was a great event in which residents spoke freely with our police command staff and officers about any safety concerns within their neighborhood,” Mayor Bell said. “One of the main reasons for us incorporating was to have neighborhood police services, more patrols, traffic enforcement, school safety, crime watch, and personal contact with police officers.
“Our police department is doing a great job of keeping our residents safe and enforcing our traffic laws, especially speeding. Improving the relationship between our police department and residents is of utmost importance in today’s environment,” Bell added.
Maj. Julie Miller will be retiring from the Cutler Bay Policing Unit in December after completing nine years of public service.
“We enjoyed partnering with the residents of the town in an effort to build a safer community,”Maj. Miller said. “We look forward to continuing this tradition for years to come.”
To learn more about upcoming special events visit the town’s website at www.cutlerbay-fl.gov or call the Parks & Recreation Department at 305-234-4262.