Police to host National Night Out August 1


Martinsville, Ind. – July 21, 2017 – Martinsville police officers will host the community’s first National Night Out Tuesday, August 1 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. along Jefferson Street in front of the police station at 59 South Jefferson Street.

According to Martinsville Police Community Resource Officer Dawn Hoffman, the entire community is invited and encouraged to join police officers for a fun evening filled with family-friendly activities and the opportunity to get to know officers better.

“With this being our first National Night Out, we are designing the event as a block party. We will have face painting and a bouncy house for kids, along with officers in a dunk tank and giveaways. In addition, we will be serving free hot dogs, water and Kona Ice snow cones for everyone to enjoy,” Hoffman said.

The department’s SWAT team will be on hand along with their truck, police cars will be on display, bike patrols will be out and one of the department’s K-9 officers and his partner will be doing demonstrations.

“While National Night Out is an initiative happening across the country, we are pleased and proud to introduce the concept here in Martinsville as an important event in our continuing work to build a strong police-community partnership.

“We want to increase crime prevention awareness while enhancing neighborhood spirit and unity through improved communications between officers and those we serve and protect. With the school year about to begin, we wanted to host an event the entire family can enjoy, so we hope everyone will join us for a fun night August 1,” Hoffman said.

With this being the inaugural National Night Out for the police department, officers are looking forward to building on the event in future years.

Jefferson Street between Washington and Jackson Streets will be closed to traffic the evening of August 1 during National Night Out.

Created in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out is held each year on the first Tuesday in August. The initiative has grown from 2.5 million neighbors in 400 communities across 23 states that year to 38 million people in 16,000 communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada and military bases worldwide.

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