Join the Princeton event scheduled for October 1 – The Landmark
By Danielle Ray
PRINCETON — The police department will host its first Partner of Princeton community event on Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Heritage Bible Chapel on Brooks Station Road. The event is billed as an opportunity for the public to get to know local officials, firefighters, participate in family activities, and more.
Officer Holly Doyle said she was inspired to plan the event after going to schools last year with her fellow officers and talking to children about bike safety and wanted to expand that reach . She decided to start something that families and community members could participate in.
“The more people I talked to,” Doyle said, “the more people wanted to get involved.”
“It’s integrated into this widespread event with outside police departments, fire departments, light departments, vendors, food trucks, children’s games and so much more,” Doyle said of the day ahead. “There will be vendors and local organizations, as well as some organizations from neighboring communities.
“We are so excited to partner with our community to help showcase some of the wonderful people and businesses we have in town, while providing a fun and safe space for kids to come and learn about public safety (and) bike safety and enjoy some food and ice cream.
She said while she was leading the event, her partner Heritage Bible Chapel “provided so much support and organizational help.”
“They made the planning fun and interactive, and they bring so much to the table for the kids, which will be a really exciting part of the event,” Doyle said. “I have also enlisted the help of all Princeton police officers, not only to publicize the event to local businesses, but also to participate by offering ideas and suggestions.”
There will be lots of hands-on activities for youngsters and people of all ages, including a “touch a truck” part where kids can ride and explore police cars, fire trucks, light trucks, highway trucks and other cool vehicles.
“We expect UMASS Life Flight to land, Mass State Police Mounted Unit to attend, some local K-9s, motorcycles and cruisers, so there should be plenty of options for that kids can really interact with the workers and learn about the vehicles and equipment they use every day,” Doyle said. “We will also have food and ice cream, games, an obstacle course for kids, raffles and free giveaways.”
The Princeton Police Department will raffle off two bicycles donated by an anonymous donor, a framed poster donated by Mountain Memorabilia and four tickets to a WooSox game.
“You just need to visit the PPD tent to enter,” Doyle said of the raffle.
She said they hope it becomes an annual event and everyone is welcome.
“We look forward to bringing children and their families to Princeton to see what our community has to offer, venue, vendors and local food options,” she said. “We’re also excited to have kids interested in learning more about the different trucks and the jobs we do, whether it’s police, fire, emergency medical services, emergency service. lighting, highway department or any of the other agencies we attend.”
Additionally, Doyle said the police department is “grateful and honored that we … have so many people interested in participating.”
“All of the local and state agencies we have, all of the vendors, food trucks, volunteers, and the Heritage Bible Chapel for allowing us to use their facilities and grounds to host a wonderful event. We are excited to see how successful this year can be.