GPD working on next Neighborhood Engagement Unit; slated for Aug. 5

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Police Department is already working on final details for its next Neighborhood Engagement Unit event planned for Aug. 5. After the success of last week’s event hosted at Boulevard School, Police Chief Anthony Clay said they look forward to doing it all over again.

“The event last week went really well, we had a good turnout and gave over 250 bags of information out. The next event will have more of a community gathering feel,” said Clay.

Representatives from countless area organizations and businesses worked in coordination with six GPD officers in six teams at the July 15 outing. Four of the teams traveled the length of Prospect, First, Second and Third Avenues from East Boulevard to N Main St going door to door with information about resources available in the community for residents. One team worked on student outreach, another provided staffing tables, and there was even free pizza provided by Cornerstone Mobile Counseling. Narcan trainers from the Rob Constantine Recovery Community and Outreach Center were at the school and on walking teams, training a total of 7 people in Narcan administration, so they can reverse an opiate overdose. Clay said so far the Rob Constantine Center and GPD have trained over 62 people in Narcan training as a result of these events.

“We are very thankful for the Gloversville Enlarged School District for not only embracing and hosting the Neighborhood Engagement Unit, but also bringing new ideas on how to work together to benefit students. That was more of a challenging location with walking but we were able to cover a lot of ground and interact with a lot of people. We managed to get a lot of information out last week,” said Clay.

 With food insecurity continuing to be a growing problem,  teams addressed it through providing  information about ways to combat hunger and housing insecurity, all while handing out Stewart’s ice cream certificates for the children. 

Previously the city has participated in National Night Out Events, but this year Clay said the August event will replace that and instead have more of a centralized type of gathering. Some of the details in place include a performance by the popular local band FLAME, DWP and Fire Department displays, and youth sports teams including the Little Huskies and Fulton United Soccer. 

“We wanted to have this night to have more of a block party feel to it, with one central location,” said Clay.

These events, said Clay, are really for all ages, adding that they have a wide variety of organizations involved from Fulton County Office for the Aging to Head Start. 

“The intent is to have something of interest for anyone looking to attend,” said Clay.

The next Neighborhood Engagement Unit Event will be held at Darling Field on Aug. 5 from 3 to 7 p.m., with a rain date of Aug. 12.