As one of 16,000 American communities to host a National Night Out event this year, the town is working on its police-community partnership.
Police have welcomed lots of volunteers and sponsors, to keep the evening running smoothly and allow them to focus on interacting with the public. For Connecticut Insurance Exchange, supporting the department is a company priority. Connecticut Insurance Exchange donated the balloons, key tags and made a monetary donation as well.
“We think having a good relationship with law enforcement is beneficial to everyone,” Vice President Melanie Tregoning said. “When people treat officers as human beings and officers treat people as human beings, they get to know each other as people and connect on a human level. The police are not there as an antagonist; they’re there as a friend and a partner, just like Connecticut Insurance Exchange is there for their clients as a friend and partner,” she continued. “It’s a two-way street when it comes to keeping our community safe. We all need to work together.”