BY KRISSI HUMBARD — The City of Hyattsville and the Hyattsville City Police Department (CPD) hosted National Night Out at Heurich Park on Aug. 2. Hundreds of residents came out for the festivities.

The free, family friendly event featured police and community information, K-9 demonstrations, a fly-in from the Prince George’s Police Department helicopter, music and dancing, moonbounces, a rock-climbing wall, face painting, a demonstration from the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department, entertainment by Mandy the Clown, and free snow cones, popcorn and cotton candy. Chief of Police Douglas Holland took a turn in the dunk tank. The CPD had tables displaying some of the different types of technology they use and tools they use when gathering evidence. Giant and Target were on hand with giveaways and games. Arrow Bicycle gave away bike helmets and held bicycle demonstrations. AlleyCat Towing raffled off backpacks.

The mood was light, with police, city officials and residents having fun together and smiles all around.

Chief Holland said the night was “a chance for [residents] to get to know our police officers” and went on to praise residents, saying “we have a great, safe community, thanks to you all.”

The evening ended with a “Take Back the Night Walk” through the neighborhood. Police officers handed out glow sticks and led the short walk around West Hyattsville.