Chief Harden: National Night Out a great success in Lake Forest Park

Thursday, August 8, 2019

LFP officers with talking points and handouts
prepare to attend NNO events in LFP
Photo courtesy LFP Police

From LFP Police Chief Mike Harden

On Tuesday night, August 6, 2019 Lake Forest Park Police Department and our community celebrated National Night Out.

It was a great success and I want to extend my gratitude from the department, to those that attended any gatherings in your neighborhood. This year was the largest yet, and the feedback back from the police staff was very positive.

Talking points were given out to the officers for this event.

We had 38 neighborhood gatherings. I am very pleased to say that a police officer visited every gathering that made the request.

With a small staff serving a population of over 13,000 this is no small feat. According to the registrations, there were 938 adults, 141 teens, and 370 kids.

During the event, the officers did have four calls for service consisting of a drug related call, animal complaint, parking complaint, and a domestic violence call. Yet, the staff still attended all the NNO events. I am proud of our staff and how they represented the city.

As many spoke about last night, the City Staff, Public Works, the Fire Department and the Police Department work hard to keep this city’s character, charm, low crime rates, and excellent customer service.

Officers getting materials ready for the NNO visits
Photo courtesy LFP Police

We depend on our neighborhoods to be the eyes and ears for the police department. We also want our neighborhoods to work together to keep crime low and depend on our neighbors in times of emergency and crisis.

If you see an officer, thank them for the work they do. It does mean a lot to them because a large portion of their jobs can be demanding, stressful, and very critical.

I want to personally thank Sgt. Lehman, Det. Troxell, Becca Clinton, and Casey Krzyminski for coordinating this large event. I want to thank all the staff that made visits to the gatherings, Ofc. Parrish, Ofc. Coleman, Ofc. Carswell, Sgt. Becker, Ofc. Ward, Ofc. Benson, Sgt. Adams, Ofc. Wieghat, Ofc. Zelenock, Ofc. Teschlog, and Ofc. Beard. Thanks to the dayshift officers staying over and the night shift officers for coming in early.

Lastly, I want to thank Mayor Johnson and Phil Hill for attending the events with me last night. Great representatives from the city and we all had a great time.


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