Zoe Rollman, 3, of Red Lion, drives a miniature police car during National Night Out in Dallastown on Tuesday.
Zoe Rollman, 3, of Red Lion, drives a miniature police car during National Night Out in Dallastown on Tuesday. (John A. Pavoncello — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

Noah Cunningham tried to keep his feet on a painted line as he walked with a drunken stagger Tuesday.

"I had to keep looking at the ground to see where I was going," the 16-year-old from Windsor Township said. "I was dizzy."

Noah wasn't really drunk. In fact, he said he's never even had alcohol. Rather, he was wearing goggles during York Area Regional Police Department's National Night Out event in Dallastown that gives its wearer the perception of being inebriated.

Though Noah's attempts to walk garnered a few laughs from his friends, Officer Marc Greenly said the goggles serve a more serious role — as a teaching tool and, hopefully, to deter people from getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.

York Area Regional Police Officers Brian Dalkiewicz, left, and Terry Meyer Jr. demonstrate their riding skills during National Night Out in Dallastown on
York Area Regional Police Officers Brian Dalkiewicz, left, and Terry Meyer Jr. demonstrate their riding skills during National Night Out in Dallastown on Tuesday. (John A. Pavoncello — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

As another man tried his hand at walking with the goggles on, he staggered a few feet from the line, prompting Greenly to call for him to stop and look where he was.

"You're drunk. You're going to jail," Greenly said.

Night out: Tuesday marked the 31st year that National Night Out has been held around most of the country.

Numerous police departments, churches, neighborhood associations and other organizations held events throughout York County.

Sgt. Peter Montgomery of York Area Regional said the event allows police, fire and medical personnel to meet and talk with residents. For the most part, people only get to speak with first responders during bad situations, such when they are victims of a crime.


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"It's our chance to open up with everyone on a different level, a good level," Montgomery said.

Various organizations — from a church to businesses — set up stands at the event York Area Regional hosted at the Dallastown Community Park. On its end, the police service held police motorcycle demonstrations and interactive activities for children.

Tie-dye: With a few squirts of a spray bottle filled with paint, sisters Alisha and Eliana Walker, both of Red Lion, made their own tie-dye T-shirts.

The shirt-making stand was run by members of York County adult and juvenile probation offices proved to be a hit with Alisha, 9, "because I got to make a tie-dye T-shirt."

Eliana, 8, also said she liked making her shirt, which incorporated blue, red and green colors.

The girls' mother, Jody Callender, said this was the first time they've been to National Night Out hosted by the department, adding she's "very impressed."

"So far from what I've seen it's very well organized," Callender said.

West York: With a band playing classic rock hits under the pavilion at Shelly Park along North Highland Avenue in West York, numerous people danced and swayed with the tunes.

Nearby, other attendees checked a ladder truck from the borough fire department and a borough police cruiser as they chowed down on hot dogs and popcorn.

West York's National Night Out event, put on by the borough block watch, was first held in 2007 and has since moved to the park to accommodate the growing crowd, said Ken Welsh, president of the block watch.

"People are coming and going," he said.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.