(WDTN) — National Night Out events return to several communities in the Miami Valley Tuesday.
The annual national event, hosted at various sites across the country, is designed to foster partnerships between local police departments and the community. Police officials also hope to promote awareness about safety and crime prevention.
A list of some local events is listed below,
Dayton city leaders along with police and fire personnel are gearing up for a great National Night Out. Officials will be traveling by bus throughout the city on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 to make stops at various National Night Out festivities across Dayton.
This is the 35th year for the “National Night Out” program, which began in 1983 and is celebrated every first Tuesday in August. More than 38 million people in 16,500 communities in all 50 states, Canada, U.S territories, and military bases worldwide took part in National Night Out 2016.
Many people associate National Night Out, with leaving a porch light on, but celebrations have grown over the years to include a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, and community events allowing citizens, law enforcement and local government leaders to interact. National Night Out is intended to build community while boosting crime prevention awareness and participation in anti-crime groups and programs. Neighbors, law enforcement and city leaders come together to form partnerships and send a message to criminals that they care about the community and are prepared to fight crime.
The Dayton Police Department will lead the Neighborhood Tour Caravan which will leave City Hall at 4:15pm to make stops at seven National Night Out community celebrations:
4:25 pm – 10 Wilmington Place – The Sanctuary
5:00 pm – Dayton Children’s Hospital
5:30 pm – Old North Dayton – Stuart-Patterson Park, 400 Block of Leo Street
6:00 pm – Dayton Veterans Administration – Plaza on Kentucky Avenue
6:30 pm – Residence Park – W. Second Street at Elmhurst Road
7:00 pm – Desoto Bass
7:35 pm – Oregon District – Newcom/Founders Park
Kettering’s National Night Out will be at Town and Country Shopping Center from 6-8 p.m.
There will be a dunk tank, magician, inflatables and balloon animals.
There will also be motorcycles, cruisers and fire trucks to observe, along with free food and drinks.
Stroop Road will be closed during the event.
West Carrollton’s National Night Out event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Wilson Park Pool, 1226 S. Elm St.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Participants can meet local police officers and play games. The event will also feature: free snacks, demonstrations by Miami Valley Care Flight and West Carrollton Fire Department, as well as bike helmet and school supply giveaways, and raffles for a bicycle and YMCA family membership. The U.S. Army, Fairborn Police K-9, and other local businesses will also be on hand.
For more information, call Sgt. Nate Biggs of the West Carrollton police department at (937) 847-4672.
Riverside’s National Night Out will be held at Stebbins High School, located at 1900 Harshman Road, between 5 pm and 8 pm.
There will be prize giveaways and appearances by Care Flight and several other area resources
Police and Fire equipment will be on display, and there will be hot dogs and hamburgers to enjoy throughout the night.
Admission is free to the public.
The Miami Township Police Department is celebrating its 25th year of participation in National Night Out. More than a dozen neighborhood block parties and the second annual community party at Austin Landing are planned for Tuesday, August 7, 2018, beginning at 6 p.m.
Participants at the second annual Austin Landing celebration include the Miami Township branch of the Dayton Metro Library, Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, the Dayton Police Department’s Honor Guard and SWAT, and the Ohio Police Canine Memorial organization. New this year, visitors can sign up to donate blood in the Community Blood Center’s Bloodmobile.
Go online to register at: https://www.donortime.com/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/56601.