ELKTON — Hundreds of people met with first responders and other community organizations during Elkton’s National Night Out at Meadow Park. The event, hosted by the Elkton Police Department (EPD), hopes to sponsor positive interactions between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

“It’s about working with the community and giving back,” corporal Candace Pirritano, who helped organize the event, said.

Corporal Amanda Banik said the free event saw a large turnout as many people were unable to attend events during the pandemic. The National Night Out is held across the nation.

“People see that we’re human when they see us in plain clothes,” Banik said.

Many local organizations, such as Paws for Peoples, Voices of Hope, Cecil County Public Library Bookmobile, CASA, the Boys and Girls Clubs and others came out to the event. Other law enforcement agencies, such as the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office, and Maryland State Police, along with the Singerly Fire Department came out to show their support.

“We can’t do our job without the help of other people,” Banik, who helped organize the event, said. “This is one of those events that showcases that. It’s not just us doing that put this together, it’s people who volunteer time and come out and donate.”

Central Tavern, Chick-fil-A, Wawa, Walmart, Acme and Redner’s donated free food for the event.

“It’s good to come out and serve your community in a different way,” officer Jakob Brown said.

Elkton Town Commissioner Earl Piner served as the DJ for National Night Out.

“Anytime we can bring the community together, it’s always a good thing,” Piner said.

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