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CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HOSTS CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN PARTY
The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently hosted a children’s Halloween party at the Sheriff’s Department Training Academy in Chelsea.
Created by Department staff as a means to reach out to the community of Chelsea and provide a fun, safe environment for local youngsters to get into the spirit of Halloween, the event was also designed to further develop the positive relationships established between the Department and neighborhood residents.
Offering a spooky but age–appropriate haunted house, goodie bags and treats, and a classroom with games and sing–alongs for the children, the Department’s training facility was transformed into a Halloween haven with costumed children, parents and staff enjoying the night’s frightening festivities.
“We had the Halloween party in Chelsea because we are members of this community and we thought the party would be a perfect way to invite our neighbors into our facility to see and learn more about what we do,” said Deputy Superintendent and Supervisor of Training Yolanda Smith. “We all wore fun costumes, played games, sang songs with smaller children, and told them all about our roles in law enforcement and the community.”
Department members stationed at the House of Correction, Nashua Street Jail and Training Academy came together to help decorate the facility, staff the haunted house and provide a friendly presence, with many volunteering after–hours to make the event a success.
“The Halloween party really wouldn’t have happened without everyone’s help, working together,” said Sandy Zamor–Calixte, Coordinator of Community Outreach and Youth Programs for the Department’s External Affairs and Communications Division. “I’m really happy that we were able to reach out to our neighbors and to have them see us in a different light. Most of the time, they see our officers around the facility marching with recruits or as law enforcement in training mode, and events like these help to give them a human face. We’re all one community and we want our neighbors to know that we’re approachable and accessible.”
And, while members of the Department staff played host to the masses of community residents attending the party throughout the evening, several joined their neighbors as participants, walking their own young family members through the “haunted” facility.
“For me there is nothing more refreshing than watching kids enjoy themselves in a safe, healthy environment,” said Deputy Superintendent Smith, reflecting upon the night’s event. “I am ever so grateful to the staff members who made it all happen.”