Safe Summer Nights - Where Police and Community Meet
How do you spread safety and goodwill throughout the City of Saint Paul? By firing up the grill of course!
The Safe Summer Nights program is designed to provide opportunities for police officers to become acquainted with residents of the neighborhoods they serve over a meal rather than during times of trouble. The initiative began in 2014 when Safe Summer Nights partnered with the Saint Paul Police Department and the Saint Paul Parks & Recreation Department to host events in Saint Paul that brought neighborhood families and police officers together in a picnic-type setting. Safe Summer Nights help bridge the gap between police and the people they serve.
The program has been so successful that it generated interest throughout the Metro with events in Saint Paul and eight in surrounding communities. One is a neighborhood barbecue that takes place at various parks around the city. Events begin at 5 p.m. and go to 7 p.m. every Thursday beginning in July and running through August.
Due to the COVID 19 outbreak and Gov. Walz' stay at home order, the remaining scheduled events have been cancelled through 2020. This was a difficult decision but made with the safety of everyone in mind. We look forward to brinigng Safe Summer Nights events back in 2021.
The FREE, public events feature food, activities for children and ample opportunities for attendees to meet their Saint Paul police officers. The BearCat vehicle, which is always popular with kids, will be there too. Bouncy houses and climbing walls have also been known to appear, thanks to Saint Paul Parks & Recreation.