SIDNEY — As August approaches, many law enforcement agencies in the county, including the Sidney Police Department, are gearing up for National Night Out.
The National Night Out Campaign, first launched in Philadelphia in 1984, is a community-building campaign designed to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer and places more caring lives. In its 38th year, National Night Out is held in 16,000 communities across the United States.
Of the 101 Ohio cities participating in National Night Out, Shelby County community events will be held in Sidney and Anna.
“National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a real sense of community. Plus, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together in positive circumstances,” said Bryce Stewart, Community Resource Officer.
The Sidney Police Department will be hosting an obstacle course at Courtsquare for children in the community on Tuesday, August 2 from 5-8 p.m. Those who complete the course will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the many prizes offered. by local businesses that have partnered with the police department. The prize draws will take place on Wednesday August 3rd.
“The event aims to increase awareness of policing programs in communities such as: drug prevention programs, neighborhood watch programs and any other crime prevention programs that may be offered to the community,” Stewart said.
Stewart added that he and Captain William Shoemaker will be in a dunk tank towards the end of the evening. Shelby County Sheriff Jim Frye said two deputies will also participate in the dunk tank.
For Stewart, National Night Out has helped bridge the generation gap and build a strong partnership with young people in Shelby County.
“It helps us get answers to those with police-related questions to help them know and be informed about law enforcement,” Stewart said.
The Anna Village Police Department will be hosting a community event from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2 at Anna Community Park that will feature several vendors, a magician, live music, a car show, bouncing balls, food trucks and Games. Police cruisers, fire trucks, CareFlight and rescue vehicles will be in attendance, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office DARE Deputy will also be in attendance.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will also have members of the SRT team in attendance at Botkins’ National Night Out event.
“I think events like National Night Out help to strengthen the relationship between MPs and citizens. Any time we can be present and interact with the citizens we serve is a great opportunity,” Frye said.
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