Issaquah police invite community to celebrate National Night Out

July 27, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Trevor Thompson, 6 (left), draws the name of a raffle prize winner from a basket held by Issaquah police officer Scott Trial on Aug. 5, 2009, during National Night Out at Issaquah City Hall. By Greg Farrar

Ever wonder who wears our city and county police uniforms?

Well, head down to Issaquah City Hall or the Maple Hills Community Center between 5 and 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and you can find out – even better, our men and women in uniform will cook up free hot dogs.

“It is something our officers have come to look forward to, barbecuing and meeting the public,” Sgt. Scott Trial said. “It is a really important partnership between the citizens of Issaquah, the business community and the police department to solve crime and know what to look for in suspicious activities.”

This year marks the 27th annual National Night Out, a night designed to encourage residents in cities and counties throughout the nation to come out and meet each other and local law enforcement officers to find ways to fight crime and keep their communities safe.

The event was founded by the National Association of Town Watch, a nonprofit, crime prevention organization that works in cooperation with law enforcement throughout the nation, according to its website.

National Night Out grew to include more than 12,000 communities during its 25th anniversary in 2008.

For the Maple Hills Community Center, it is the first year King County Sheriff’s Office deputies are hosting the event, so they’d like to see the community turn out in droves.

The event boasts a barbecue and visits from the county’s helicopter unit, the canine unit and firefighters who serve the area.

For children, there will be blowup bouncy toys, safety activities and a chance to meet local law enforcement officers.

The Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council is providing much of the funding for the event, President Tom Carpenter said.

“When approached by local residents there was no hesitation to provide support. It’s a natural for the UAC because of the long-standing relationship we have with the sheriff’s storefront,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Among other things, the UAC’s mission is to enhance access to King County’s information and services. NNO is a perfect way to do that while adding value to the storefront, the fire department and emergency response.”

In Issaquah, police will host the event for the third consecutive year. Last year, the event had close to 400 people, but Trial said police are hoping for more this year.

“In the last two years, it’s grown and that’s something we’d like to see continue,” he said. “It also happens just before Concerts on the Green, so we hope people will come visit, then walk over there.”

At City Hall, as in years past, police officers have organized information from local service providers for residents to gather on issues like personal safety, disaster preparedness and home safety. In all, there will be about 20 vendors from local hospitals, Eastside Fire & Rescue, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and others.

Shred-it, a confidential shredding business, will have a large truck and shredder for residents to bring sensitive documents they’d like properly disposed of, Trial said.

Police officers will also answer questions about home protection, neighborhood incidents, proper reporting of incidents or crimes, and give tips about how neighborhoods can better protect themselves against crime.

There will also be fun, free stuff for children, like stickers, face painting, and tours from EFR and Issaquah Police personnel of their vehicles.

Parents can also have their children fingerprinted for identification kits coordinated by Target.

Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

If you go

National Night Out

5-7 p.m., Aug. 3

Issaquah City Hall

130 E. Sunset Way

or

Maple Hills Community Center

15256 204th Ave. S.E., Renton

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