HUDSON – The Hudson Police Department and Grace Church joined forces to host a Faith & Blue Weekend event on Oct. 8.
Faith & Blue Weekend is a national event where police officers and leaders of faith-based organizations provide community engagement activities for residents in order to facilitate stronger and safer communities, according to its website.
Hudson’s was one of several Faith & Blue events in the region.
As part of the event at Grace Church, children were able to explore police cruisers, play cornhole and get their face painted before watching “Sing 2.”
Police Chief Richard DiPersio tended to a grill, which was filled with hot dogs and hamburgers.
DiPersio called the Faith & Blue event “important for the community.”
“It’s another way for us to engage with the community. [It is important] now for us to stay engaged with the community and continue that relationship,” he said.
Resident Christiana Botticello and her son Daniel watched a game of cornhole while they enjoyed their hot dogs.
“Daniel is having a great time. He loves the hot dogs. He believes firmly that all of the police will give him tattoos because they did that at his preschool one time,” Botticello said.
She added, “It’s really good for him to see some police officers in person.”
Among the mingling residents, officers, and church volunteers was Pastor Marc Peña.
“This is a great event. It is one of the few places you see a community of faith working with local law enforcement leaders,” he said. “This event should be a model for other towns.”
For more information about Faith & Blue Weekend, visit https://faithandblue.org/.