Police prep for National Night Out

National Night Out will mean an evening for some free food and family fun across several communities Tuesday.

The Strasburg Police Department is partnering up with the Strasburg Fire Department, Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, and the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce for events in the town lot from 6 to 9 p.m. The night will feature giveaways, children’s activities and live entertainment by The Instigators.

Mount Jackson’s National Night Out will be held by the Town Hall from 5 to 8 p.m. Police Chief Jeff Sterner said attendance for the town’s event has increased from around 150 to 200 last year. He said free food, drinks and live music will return for this year’s event.

New Market’s event will go from 6 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall. Besides the free food and entertainment, attendees can learn more about law enforcement topics like animal control issues and youth substance abuse.

Front Royal law enforcement will sponsor the town’s National Night Out at the downtown gazebo from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring live music by Souled Out.

Robbie Seal, community relations officer for the Front Royal Police Department, said the event will again include a presence from multiple law enforcement agencies the residents usually don’t have much contact with, like game wardens and Shenandoah National Park wardens. He said that the backdrop of recent attacks on law enforcement has meant a flood of well-wishing gestures – and food – from residents.

“I have never seen the support that I am seeing now from our community when it comes to their outreach, their appreciation for law enforcement,” he said. “We’ve always had our support, but I’ve never seen it to this level.”

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office will host National Night Out at the Costco at 251 Front Royal Pike from 6 to 8 p.m. Fire and Rescue and law enforcement will have vehicles and equipment on display, along with K9 demonstrations and a limited number of child fingerprint kits.

Winchester’s National Night Out will take place by the Old Courthouse Museum on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall from 6 to 9 p.m. The police department and fire and rescue department will provide hot dogs and soda to attendees, along with kids’ activities and live music.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com