To the editor:

On behalf of the men and women of the Alexandria Police Department as well as the city of Alexandria, I would like to extend my deep appreciation to the many organizations for their contributions to our annual Community Night Out, which was held at Alexandria City Park on Aug 6.

These contributors were essential in making this annual event so successful. I want to thank each one of them, as well as the members of the community that came out to celebrate Community Night Out at City Park. We had a great turnout with hundreds of citizens who enjoyed a picnic type environment with family, friends and fun.

They also learned about city government, our police department, what kinds of services are available in our community and helped raise money for our local Special Olympics athletes. I want to thank the mayor and Alexandria City Council, the different city departments, and the organizations who shared with the community everything they have to support them and our community so we can continue being the strong community we are.

The partnerships we have created are essential ingredients that allow us to be successful in providing the best public safety possible within our community. We cannot be successful without your support and partnerships. Partnerships take a commitment and I want to assure the community that our commitment to provide you the best police service possible to keep our community safe is our goal each and every day. These are essential to allow our community to grow, have healthy families, and prosper in a modern society.

Police Chief Rick Wyffels

Alexandria, MN