Meet local police during National Night Out
July 26, 2011
By Tom Corrigan
Local residents have two events to choose from to mark National Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 2.
The Issaquah Police Department will host the city’s annual happening on the steps of Issaquah City Hall.
Issaquah Police Sgt. Scott Trial said city officers used to visit neighborhood Night Out events, such as block parties and so on, but more recently began putting together a more unified event.
Trial said Issaquah’s Night Out will feature roughly 35 information booths, some by private vendors and on topics ranging from home alarm systems to emergency preparedness. To help battle identify theft, residents are invited to bring sensitive documents for free shredding.
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“Everything we do at this event is free,” Trial said.
That includes, of course, the barbecue to be served up by city police. The event also will feature prizes, raffles and a live DJ.
For those outside the city boundaries, the King County Sheriff’s Office is helping organize a Night Out event at Maple Hills Community Park.
This event, aimed at residents who live in unincorporated areas of King County neighboring Issaquah, is also free. The event is co-sponsored by the sheriff’s office and the Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council.
Like the Issaquah event, the Maple Hills Night Out will include free barbecue and safety demonstrations and information. King County Deputy Dave Montalvo said the evening also will feature the county’s SWAT tank and a bomb-sniffing robot, which he said officers have used in various suspicious situations.
The county Night Out will also include marine patrol units, K-9 officers and helicopter fly-overs. Children can play in bouncy houses.
Montalvo said he believes last year’s Maple Hills Night Out event was the largest in the county, with more than 300 visitors.
“It’s been really well received,” Montalvo said.
Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.