Annual event strengthens the relationship between officers and the publicWest Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's one of the largest community nights in the area. West Fargo's Night to Unite is in full swing right now in Elmwood Park and nearly three thousand people are expected to turn out.
Police say as the city grows, it's more important to have good relationships between officers and the public.
52 community service booths are packed in here at Elmwood Park along with demonstrations being put on by the fire and police departments and military.
Police are putting on a rollover simulator that has mannequins inside. It shows the importance of wearing a seatbelt and how a person can be injured if they're not secured inside.
Free motorcycle rides are being given, bike licenses are available for one dollar, kids can be finger printed for ID purposes, and there's a whole lot more. Aside from activities, the bigger picture is getting to know your neighbors and safety officers.
“And that's really significant, to meet the people we serve and to know them and we need to do that, and we can better serve the people then, if you know somebody.”
An interesting demonstration is going on tonight at 7:45 on the south side of the park. The West Fargo Fire Department is putting on a live burn to show people the importance of fire extinguishers and alarms. Rasmussen says it'll be a good safety lesson and something people shouldn't miss.