A big 'Night Out' in Lakefront Park
The Hudson Police Department organized a citywide event for National Night Out this year. And judging from the number of people who attended the activities in Lakefront Park the evening of Aug. 5, the new format was well-received.
Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen estimated the attendance at 300 to 350 people.
Jensen said Det. Traci Hall deserves the credit for coordinating the event.
“I can’t say enough about all the work she did to put this thing together. I cannot tell you how pleased I am with what she did to get this up and running,” the police chief said of Hall.
“I thought it went really well,” Jensen added. “The dunk tank was fun. Everybody that was there had fun dunking the officers and myself. I think they really got a treat out of the Taser demonstration and the canine demonstration.”
Jensen said the department collected about $1,100 from dunk tank sales and free-will donations for hot dogs and chips. The money will go to Halos of the St. Croix Valley, an organization that gives support to parents who have lost a child.
The Taser demonstration at 6:15 p.m. attracted the biggest crowd, with about 150 people watching police intern Vincent Rudesill get zapped for their entertainment and education.
The police dog demonstration at 7 p.m. also was popular, along with the hot dogs and chips. In addition, the police took children’s finger prints for identification cards and issued bicycle licenses.
The police department, St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department, St. Croix EMS and Hudson Fire Department had vehicles on display.
The St. Croix Valley Y, the Salvation Army, Turningpoint, the St. Croix County Victim/Witness Program, the U.S. Army, Target and Guardian Medical Consulting were among the other organizations and businesses that offered activities and information.