by Lisa Tome
North East Police Chief Darrell Hamilton is gearing up for another National Night Out.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. In North East, it's set for Tuesday, August 4, from 5-7 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, East Cecil Avenue.
Chief Hamilton explained that the purpose is so the community can come together. He also said it provides a glimpse of the positive things happening at the Boys and Girls Club. The Town of North East provided funding for this event. There will be displays of police cars and fire apparatus. There will be fingerprinting, a Cecil Sheriff's Office K-9 demo, games with prizes, free food, and fun for the whole family.
Elkton's National Night Out will also be held on Tuesday, August 4. The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. at Meadow Park's Big Elk Pavilion.
This free event is for all ages. The public will have the chance to interact with police officers and firefighters. There will be a K-9 demonstration and tours of fire apparatus and police vehicles.
There will be crime prevention information including child identification kit distribution and information regarding neighborhood watch.
There will be free food and music. There will also be games including basketball, field goal, sack race, kickball, and a dunk tank with police inside.
This event will not be held in inclement weather.
In Rising Sun in years past there have been games, music, popcorn and more.
This year, the Rising Sun Police Department is taking National Night Out to the neighborhoods.
Past years, the police have been at the local Boys and Girls Club with demonstrations and meeting the public. This year, they are going to where people live.
"We are not doing what we have in the past. We will be visiting every community (in Rising Sun) on Tuesday, August 4," said Police Chief Chip Peterson.
Beginning about 5 p.m., officers will hit the streets meeting residents.
They will provide crime prevention tips and interacting with adults and children. Chief Peterson said there will be an emphasis on teaching residents how to report crime and how to react during incidents.