Jena Dajani approached the dog Linda Collier was holding and tried to pet it.
"Can I pet your doggy?" the 5-year-old Red Lion girl asked as she reached for the pooch.
Collier pulled the dog, really a puppet, back. This was a lesson on how to approach unfamiliar dogs and, hopefully, avoid being bit.
After the quick lesson, Jena gently pet the dog as a smile crossed her face.
"That puppy doggy is so cute," she said.
Collier and fellow members of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Dallastown manned the dog booth during the York Area Regional Police Department's National Night Out event held at Dallastown Community Park on Tuesday night.
The now retired Collier said she began teaching children the
"I know it's important," she said.
Passport: York Area Regional was just one of a number of police departments and community organizations that put on events during 29th annual National Night Out, which strives to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and to support law enforcement efforts.
At the York Area Regional event, children were given a "passport" to collect stamps from each of the various agencies, such as the Pennsylvania Game Commission and York County Department of Emergency Services, that had tables set up.
Once the passport was fully stamped, each child received a prize, said officer Peter Montgomery.
While the focus of the event, which also boasted as softball game between police and fire officials, was on fun, it also gave police officers a chance to introduce themselves to the public.
"We have plenty of officers walking around so people get to know us on a different level," Montgomery said.
From above: One of the highlights of the night was a skydiving performance by Terry Ross and Alan Ressler, both members of the Maytown Sport Parachute Club.
The men flew over in a plane piloted by Lt. Paul Redifer of York Area Regional Police and then dove towards an "X" laid out on the Earth.
As the tandem pair neared the ground, the two men broke free and Ressler unfurled an American flag behind him.
Jack Tomlinson, 8, of York Township said he was impressed with the jump and, to the dismay of his mother, said he'd like to try skydiving someday.
"I like how the one (man) had an American flag behind him," Jack said.
York City: National Night Out events were held across York City, including just outside of the Community Progress Council at 226 E. College Ave.
There, children used chalk to draw pictures on the pavement and attendees danced in the street as rap and pop music blared from loudspeakers.
Twin sisters Shiee and Shianne Jiles, both 10 and of York City, said between bites of hotdogs that they enjoy being out and having fun with friends.
"You do get to do fun stuff," said the girls' sister, Serteria Jiles, 12. "I like the fact that there are things to do."