Come ‘Picnic With Police’ Saturday At Park

POTTSTOWN PA – The borough’s first “Picnic With Police,” an event that local officials intend to hold annually and to which all residents are invited, is scheduled to be held Saturday (Oct. 22, 2016) from noon to 2 p.m. at Chestnut Street Park, at the corner of North Washington and Chestnut streets. It “seeks to bring together all members of the Pottstown community for a fun, family-oriented picnic to meet their local beat officers, including new officers who have recently joined the force,” promoters said.

It is free to attend and open to the public.

Pottstown Police Chief F. Richard Drumheller described it as similar to the annual “National Night Out,” with free grilled hot dogs, snacks, and drinks, as well as games, music and give-aways. It represents a “family-oriented” opporunity “for casual conversations or to discuss community issues while having fun,” he said.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Pottstown chapter of the NAACP, the police department, and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

“We are blessed in Pottstown to have such strong and vibrant organizations,” said Pottstown NAACP interim president Jonathan Corson. “And coming together to relate on an informal basis with our police officers is important on so many fronts. It is always better to have strong lines of communications in place before there ever might be a problem to face together.”

“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone,” Assistant District Attorney Briana Ringwood added.

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