National Night Out with Mint Hill Police a big success

Miss Mint Hill Alex Quinn and Young Miss Mint Hill Cambria Cherry. (Ed Berti)
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The Mint Hill Police held it’s annual National Night Out recently at the Mint Hill Veterans  Memorial Park for an evening of family fun to increase awareness about various police programs in our community.

Denise Boston and Pam Allred from Chick-fil-A. (Ed Berti)
Police Officer at event. (Ed Berti)

This annual event is held on the first Tuesday in August nationally with the exception of Texas who celebrates the event on the first Tuesday in October.  Overall, the goal of the celebration is an annual community building campaign to promote police and community partnerships in neighborhoods across our nation.  It’s a platform to build more trust and confidence between the police and local resident citizens.  To develop camaraderie to make our communities safer, more caring places to live.  The event is designed to enhance the relationship between local citizens and law enforcement while building a true sense of community involvement.

Mint Hill Roasting Company booth. (Ed Berti)

Also, it’s a great opportunity to bring the police along with area residents together under a positive environment and atmosphere.  Millions of Americans across our country take part in National Night Out in thousands of communities.  This includes all fifty states, United States territories and military bases across the globe.  Many neighborhoods promote and host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events which include safety demonstrations, seminars, youth activities, K-9 dog units, emergency personnel, exhibits and local businesses.

Police dog with his trainer. (Ed Berti)
K-9 Police dog attacking low on a potential victim. (Ed Berti)

The Mint Hill community was out in strong numbers with various local groups and business enterprises in support of the event.  Jerry Morris, founder of Honor the Warriors a local resident supplied bikes for kids to ride in the park, American Legion Post 235 was represented, there were local vendors including Big Guy’s Pizza, Chick-fil-A, Mint Hill Roasting Company and others who all participated.  Mint Hill Board of Commissioners, Mint Hill Chief of Police Tim Ledford, some police officers were in attendance along with the Mint Hill Historical Society and Novant Health who has become very involved in the community with the new medical center facility located in our neighborhood.

Mint Hill Historical Society booth. (Ed Berti)

The event was fun and entertaining for all who took the time to stop by Veterans Memorial Park to enjoy the festivities to celebrate a great opportunity to meet our local heroes the police officers who serve and protect us all who live in this beautiful community.

Mint Hill Chief of Police Tim Ledford. (Paul Imirie)
Big Guy’s Pizza food truck at event. (Ed Berti)
This Police dog just loves his job. (Ed Berti)
Mint Hill Police K-9 Unit in demonstration. (Ed Berti)
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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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