Brooklyn Borough Hall on Tuesday night was lit in blue in recognition of National Night Out Against Crime, a nationwide event celebrated annually since 1984 in which police departments host community residents for an evening of activities aimed at building greater partnership.
Honoring the continued service of the members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), in which he served for 22 years in precincts across Brooklyn and Manhattan, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams said he dedicated the ceremonial lighting to the “continued pursuit of advancing community-police relations across New York City and America.”
Adams said he has been committed to this mission during his entire professional career.
“As someone who has worn the blue uniform of a police officer and the blue jeans of a civil rights activist focused on just policing, I know better than many the critical need of ongoing and open lines of communication through which community and police speak openly about the issues we face and how we can work together to solve them,” he said.
“Brooklyn Borough Hall is the ‘People’s House,’ and bathing the building in blue is symbolic of the appreciation that the people of this borough have for the tens of thousands of hard-working men and women who sacrifice to protect Brooklyn’s families,” he added.
“Community and police, working in partnership, are stronger together in preventing crime,” Adams continued. “I ask all New Yorkers, regardless of what role they play in our communities, to take National Night Out as a valuable opportunity to advance their commitment to making this city a safer place to raise healthy children and families.”