Building relationships: Johnson City law enforcement, first responders host "party in the park"

PHOTO: Samantha Zarek

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - There was a party in the park today in Johnson City to celebrate the community-- both its civilians, and its law enforcement. Johnson City Chief of Police, Mark Sirois, says the idea for the event came from the "community roundtable," made up of law enforcement officers and civilians.

"We realized that the only that we could make those good things stay in our community and to capitalize on them is to communicate with each other, and find solutions to any issue that we have," says Chief Sirois.

The Party in Park lets neighbors see law enforcement in a different environment.

"It's great just to get out here, let them see that they are people just like us, and they're here to help us, so it's a wonderful environment," says Ron Siegfried of Piney Flats, Tennessee.

The event featured inflatables for the kids, face painting, live music, food trucks, and more. The Party in the Park hopes to bridge any gap between law enforcement and the community-- as a celebration of positivity.

"To celebrate the fact that we are working together in the city of Johnson City with out communities and we're all part of the same wonderful team that's going to make our community, our city, a better place," Chief Sirois says.

This is the second annual party in the park; Chief Sirois says nearly 1,500 people were in attendance at last year's event.

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