Ten residences hosted parties for their neighbors during Aug. 7 Night to Unite observances in Independence and Maple Plain.
West Hennepin Public Safety (WHPS) officers and Reserve officers, Maple Plain Fire Department and Loretto Fire Department visited the parties. Mayors and city council members from both cities joined them. Children and adult party guests climbed in fire trucks and sat in a police vehicle.
The idea behind Night to Unite is to give neighbors chances to enjoy a summer evening and to get to know who lives in their neighborhoods.
WHPS Director Ray McCoy said, “It was a successful Night to Unite within our cities of Maple Plain and Independence. It is a great opportunity to bring police, fire and communities together and bring awareness to crime prevention and local law enforcement efforts.”
Sgt. Gary Kroells said, “This is a great way for neighbors to connect in keeping their neighborhoods a safer place to live. By getting our neighbors together we can proactively prevent crime from occurring in our communities.”
He added, “This was an evening enjoyed by the officers to have the opportunity to visit with residents and not be on an emergency call.”