Local police departments will be reaching out on Tuesday to build community relationships in an attempt to bolster the fight against crime in neighborhoods.
Over 17,000 communities in the United States, its territories, Canadian cities and military bases will participate in the National Night Out held annually on the first Tuesday in August every year.
Here’s a rundown of what each locality is planning:
From 6 to 9 p.m. on Main Street at the Gazebo, Raised on Analog will play 90s hits music with food, inflatables for kids and information tables from partner organizations on safety awareness, crime and drug prevention and local resources. K-9 demonstrations and giveaways for kids will also be a part of it.
The Front Royal Police Department will be hosting the event for the 15th year. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office will also be present with a table for its communications and community policing divisions. The Special Operations team with an armored vehicle will also be set up.
StrasburgFrom 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Town Park on Park Road, over 15 partner organizations will be on hand, including the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs and Response, a county-wide organization focused on helping prevent and relieve problems associated with sexual assault, domestic violence and other forms of abuse.
Live Music will come from CZ3. Food will come from Rutz’ BBQ, Sugar Creek Ice Cream, Josh’s Sweets & Eats, E & O Kettle Corn, and hot dogs from the Strasburg Fire Department. Children’s activities, a cake walk and pool party will also be a part of it.
WoodstockBetween 6 to 9 p.m., members of the police department will be doing their annual visit to each of the town’s apartment complexes, starting at Woodstock Village and moving on to Mountain View, Valley Vista, Ridge and Echo Mountain.
Each visit will last about 30 minutes. Children’s activities will feature basketball, and new activities this year with partner groups, such as the Shenandoah County Department of Social Services, which will be joining the officers during the visit.
Mount JacksonFrom 5 to 8 p.m. at Mayors Park, 5901 Main St., the Mount Jackson Police Department will have food, drinks, bounce houses, raffles and live music.
A drunk goggle station and information on available services will be set up, along with a presence from the Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Department, community members and businesses.
New MarketFrom 6 to 8 p.m. at the New Market Community Park, 9670 Cadet Road, there will be free hot dogs, drinks and chips to go along with cotton candy, face painting, games and activities.
There will also be a bounce house, inflatable obstacle courses, door prizes and tables with resources.
MiddletownFrom 6 to 9 p.m., both the Middletown and Stephens City police departments will host their event at the Laurel Ridge Community College Middletown Campus, 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown.
Fire and Rescue apparatus will be on display, as well as an AirCare fly-in and drone demonstration.