Westwood police hosting neighborhood picnic Saturday to thank community for support over recent months

Westwood will be looking to solidify a community master plan in the coming months.
Westwood police will be hosting a picnic for the community Saturday on 47th Street.

After the shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge earlier this year, law enforcement in northeast Johnson County saw an outpouring of support like never before.

Saturday, the Westwood Police Department is turning the tables to say “thank you” to the community for that support. Westwood police will host a neighborhood picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Retail Grocers Association, 2809 W. 47th Street.

The Kansas City, Kan., police department, which starts its jurisdiction right across 47th Street, will help host the picnic. Special guests will be members of the Johnson County and KCK chapters of the NAACP who will have a table at the event.

“It has been my life experience, that as you break bread with folks, you get a chance to understand them better,” said Westwood Police Chief Greg O’Halloran.

“It’s our small gesture to thank all of you for your support, especially over these last few months. We received so many nice cards, letters, food and gestures of kindness and support over the last couple of months; it’s been very touching.  It is also a chance for all of us; WPD, KCKPD and the NAACP to get to know all those that we serve a little better,” O’Halloran wrote toe the community.

Walmart is providing the food and police officers will be flipping the burgers. “It’s a simple menu, but it’s free,” O’Halloran said, in inviting the public.

Both police departments will have vehicles on display and a bounce house for the children.

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