Police host neighborhood engagement event

The Gloversville Police Department Neighborhood Engagement Unit hosted an event at Darling Field on Thursday.

As this event was held at the same location and week as previous National Night Outs, a block party theme was maintained with live music from Flame, displays from Gloversville Fire Department, Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps and ice cream from Stewart’s Shops.

The services of traditional neighborhood engagement events remained with free pizza and water and tables with information from the below organizations.

Three walking teams also traveled the surrounding neighborhoods, going door to door with information about community resources, offering Narcan training, and encouraging people to visit Darling Field for the festivities.

Narcan trainers from the Rob Constantine Recovery Community and Outreach Center were at Darling Field and on walking teams, training a total of 17 people in Narcan administration, so they can reverse an opiate overdose.

The police department later learned one of the people who participated in the training successfully administered Narcan helping to save the life of a person who overdosed.

In the five events the Rob Constantine Center and GPD have teamed up for so far this year, more than 75 people have received Narcan training.

GPD also launched their participation in Senator Tedisco’s Safe Summer Bike Helmet program and were able to provide several youths with helmets at both the neighborhood engagement event and at last weekend’s Railfest event.

Officers will be on the look out for bicyclists wearing helmets to reward with a free ice cream certificate from Stewart’s Shops or information on how to obtain a helmet for those not wearing one.

New to this event was attendance from Community Health Center , which was administering Covid-19 vaccinations. CHC administered a total of five vaccinations to attendees.

The Gloversville Police Department will again team with Gloversville Enlarged School District for the next Neighborhood Engagement Unit event at Park Terrace school on Sept. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m., with a rain date of Sept. 23.

By Paul Wager