Cecil County Boys & Girls Club units and local police departments once again are joining forces for National Night Out events on Tuesday, August 5.
The annual event in Rising Sun will run from 6-8 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 51 Colonial Way.
"We'll have an allied law enforcement presence," Rising Sun police chief Chip Peterson said. "There will be games for kids and free food."
Peterson says he has reached out to neighboring law enforcement agencies who will bring some unique pieces of equipment. The Maryland Transportation Authority, Department of Emergency Services, and Maryland State Police are among the agencies who are planning to attend.
DJ Davey B is expected to provide music, the Boys and Girls Club said.
"National Night Out shows the solidarity of the community against criminal activity and crime in their neighborhood," Peterson said. "Even if they don't attend the event, people should step outside and enjoy their neighbors and let people see they are taking a stand against criminal activity in Rising Sun and Cecil County."
North East and Elkton are also participating in National
North East police chief Darrell Hamilton enjoys National Night Out.
"It gets people face-to-face and they can talk about certain things," Hamilton said. "It shows that police officers and firefighters are approachable and easy to talk to. The camaraderie between the firefighters, police, and the community is what makes it a popular and well-rounded event."
The North East event will be held at the Boys & Girls Club on E. Cecil Avenue and begins at 6 p.m.
There will be demonstrations by a Maryland State Police K-9 unit and the North East Fire Company. Kids can get a first-hand look at how North East police patrol cars operate.
Local businesses and the Bookmobile will be on hand.
Hamilton said there will be a "boatload" of games and prizes.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and soda will be served.
"It's a good event for the kids," Hamilton said.
Elkton's free event will be held from 5-8 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club located off East High Street in the rear parking lot of Circuit Court and Charlie Brown Center.
Detective Andy Tuer of the Elkton Police Department organizes the event.
"He is a great help with this," said Mary Jo Jablonski, who is the executive director of the Cecil County Boys & Girls Club in addition to being executive director of the Elkton Alliance and an Elkton town commissioner. "He had his fliers done months in advance. We're fortunate to have him to do it."
Child identification kits and Neighborhood Watch information will be available.
Free food will be provided. Activities include a dunk tank, basketball, quarterback toss, moonbounce, music, and a tour of the Boys & Girls Club.
"Everyone is welcome," said Jablonski. "It's for the community. That's what we want."
Attendees also get the opportunity to interact with police officers and firefighters, a K-9 demonstration, and a peek inside a police car and fire truck.
"It gives the kids a chance to ask questions and meet police officers and firefighters and see them with a smile on their faces," said Jablonski.