CPD hosts ‘Trunk or Treat’

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Colton Bell was dressed as a muscular police officer, cruising Race Street looking for candy. He had rounded up his mom Christy, decked out in jailbird stripes. They were joined by real-life Cambridge Police Officer John Foster at Thursday’s Trunk or Treat event.

CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge Police Department (CPD) and the city’s Police Athletic League (PAL) presented this year’s “Trunk or Treat” Thursday on Race Street. The 400 block was for pedestrians only from 6-8 p.m., and local families made the most of it, bringing out their costumed kids to enjoy the evening.

Police and emergency vehicles had their trunks filled with candy, dropped into eager hands and rapidly filling baskets by officers and first responders. The event is one of the initiatives promoted by the department to reach out to local citizens. The PAL started last year at Mace’s Lane Middle School, and offers sports, activities and support for students.

“This just bridges that gap,” CPD Chief Mark Lewis said. Standing at the open trunk of a cruiser with PFC Shayne and 1st Sgt. Lowe, the chief said the programs help to build relationships with the community, bonds that are important in helping the police to do their jobs.

Seeing officers in uniform laughing and joking, handing out candy, also helps to create a positive impression in young minds.

“We’re not the bad guys,” Chief Lewis said. “We’re here to help everybody.”

It wasn’t only the CPD, though. Cambridge’s Rescue Fire Company was there, as were fire departments from other county towns and crews from Emergency Medical Services. Many businesses along the street opened their doors to trick or treaters, and had staff giving goodies to the children.

“It’s a great event,” Chief Lewis said as he looked down the street, filled with families. “Just look at all the kids.”

“Such a great thing to do for our community,” Nikki Wenzinger commented online. “Thanks to all of you for putting this together.”

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