Police serve community with night of fun
Taking advantage of the sunshine and local green spaces, the Sandy Police Department hosted its first National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6. All over Sandy, officers socialized with and served community members in an effort to put a face on local law enforcement.
There were four official sites where officers and neighbors came together to offer food and fun activities for all, including St. Michael's Catholic Church, Sandy Bluff Park, Barlow Ridge Park and the Hood Chalet Mobile Home Park.
"This field has been kind of the place where people congregate to play," said Father Gregg Bronsema as kids played in the green space in front of St. Michael's. "It's nice the community gets to meet here and I hope this event gets bigger."
Chief Ernie Roberts and a few Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies based themselves and served hotdogs at the Barlow Ridge Park.
City Councilor Bethany Shultz was among the families to join the chief. "I was excited they were going to be in my neighborhood," Shultz noted. "I think it's a great way to get to know your neighbors (and it's fun) seeing friendly faces and knowing who lives around you."
At Sandy Bluff Park, children delighted in attempts to completely soak Sgt. Sean Lundry with water balloons. And they were fairly successful. "I think it's going pretty well," Lundry told The Post. "You're really seeing a lot of community members coming out and interacting with law enforcement."
Pastor Paul Stone of Living Way Fellowship volunteered to host at Sandy Bluff, cooking up hotdogs donated by Fred Meyer, and handing out popsicles. "It just seems critical to create opportunities for the community to connect with civil servants," Stone said of why he volunteered. "I'd have been happy with 20 people coming out. It's been a lot of fun to meet so many new neighbors and officers from different areas. I'm all in to help. I think it's critical to humanize our civil servants."
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