Harford County showed its support for local law enforcement and emergency responders with a big turnout for National Night Out at the Harford County Equestrian Center in Bel Air on Tuesday.
“I’m looking around this evening and saying ‘wow,’” Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said during his comments. “Very impressive how many people have come out to interact with our law enforcement, public safety, fire and EMS services here in the county.”
Held annually on the first Tuesday in August, National Night Out is an effort designed to spur police and community partnerships, and bringing law enforcement and neighborhoods together under positive circumstances across the country.
Harford’s event featured demonstrations from K-9 police, opportunities to check out equipment like police vehicles and chances for families to interact with personnel from the sheriff’s office, municipal police agencies, state police, and law enforcement from Aberdeen Proving Ground, along with other first responders.
“National Night Out is about building police and community partnerships,” Command Sgt. Maj. Ruth Drewitt, U.S. Army Garrison Aberdeen Proving Ground, said. “We recognize that many of our service members, employees and families live within Harford County, and a productive law enforcement-community relationship is vital.
“As neighbors to the community, we recognize this event is a good place to share ideas, concerns and connect as families and friends.”
County Executive Barry Glassman thanks the men and women of law enforcement “who protect us, each and every day.”
“I am proud in Harford County, that we stand behind and stand with our law enforcement. We’re not against them, we’re for ‘em, and we appreciate everything that they do for us to keep us safe,” he said.