Safe Summer Nights

The Safe Summer Nights program is designed to provide opportunities for police officers to become acquainted with residents of the neighborhoods they serve over a meal rather than during times of trouble. The initiative began in 2014 when Safe Summer Nights partnered with the St. Paul Police Department and the St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department to host events in St. Paul that brought neighborhood families and police officers together in a picnic-type setting. Safe Summer Nights help bridge the gap between police and the people they serve. Events take place every Thursday across the city through the summer. All events take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Here are some events coming up on or near the East Side:

• June 21  Wilder Rec Center, 958 Jessie St.

• July 12  W. Minnehaha Rec Center, 685 Minnehaha Ave. W.

• July 19  Dayton’s Bluff Rec Center , 800 Conway St.


The free, public events feature food, activities for children and ample opportunities for attendees to meet their St. Paul police officers. The department will also bring its horse and motorcycle units to the cookout. The BearCat vehicle, which is always popular with kids, will be there too. Bouncy houses and climbing walls have also been known to appear, thanks to St. Paul Parks and Recreation.

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