Medina Township police Officer Cliff Nicholson dresses 6-year-old Sierra Yaskowiak in SWAT gear, which consisted of a bulletproof vest and a helmet, during National Night Out on Tuesday in Medina.
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Officers and their canine partners, firefighters and members of the Medina County Sheriff’s Office mounted unit participated Tuesday in National Night Out in Medina and York Township.
National Night Out is an annual campaign that helps promote and build police-community relationships.
Medina Police Chief Ed Kinney and sheriff’s Sgt. Beverly Fraser said they hoped the night would help reach the goal of building stronger relationships with the community.
“The primary purpose is community engagement,” Kinney said.
Fraser agreed that community outreach is a benefit of these events.
The Medina Police Department partnered with Target for the night.
Target employees provided face-painting and a hula-hoop competition for kids. They also grilled free hot dogs for community members.
“Target’s a great partner. They were a great partner for this event,” Kinney said.
Medina’s police dog Nero displayed some of his training. During another demonstration, police showed how to use a stun gun.
In York Township at the fire department, Dana Dorsey from the National Child Safety Council presented a magic show.
The retired sergeant with the Fremont Police Department incorporated safety lessons into his magic tricks, such as how to properly handle scissors and what to do if there is a fire. Members of the fire department also handed out surveys to community members to get feedback about what they need from their department.