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Laurels & Lances: Murrysville police for building community relationships

August 4, 2018 GMT

Lance: To Antonio Brown. If you’re going to complain about all of the scrutiny you receive at the hands of the local media, perhaps showing up to training camp in a HELICOPTER is maybe not the greatest idea.

Laurel: To the Murrysville Police Department on hosting its first National Night Out event on Aug. 7, where residents and children will have a chance to meet officers, ask questions and see law enforcement equipment.

This year marks the 35th anniversary for the National Night Out program, and Officer Ryan Auvil perfectly laid out why it is important.

“We’re starting this so that our community, our residents, families and children don’t just see us on Route 22,” Auvil said. “We want them to be able to see the equipment we have, talk about what we do and get to know the members of the department.”

Auvil could not be more right: If the residents of a community only see police through the windows of their police cruisers, it encourages a sense that police are detached from the community. In a town like Murrysville with almost no sidewalks and little opportunity to encounter a police officer in a casual situation, getting to know local law enforcement can be an important step in encouraging citizens to contact police and provide them with information.

Laurel: Yes, we lanced AB in above post. However, we acknowledge the helicopter was also pretty cool.