National Night Out offers a safe evening of food, fun and friends
July 30, 2013
By Evan Pappas
The police department and community will come together for a night of learning, food and fun Aug. 6 during Issaquah’s fifth annual National Night Out.
The National Night Out is an event hosted by many cities across the country. Its purpose is to raise awareness of emergency preparation, criminal activity, theft prevention, and to help strengthen the relationship between communities and their police departments.
Issaquah will host the event at City Hall. There are a variety of activities and services, and organizations to talk to, all of which are focused on promoting safety and offering advice and help to those who need it.
Issaquah Police Department Officer Karin Weihe said the event offers a good chance to come together for a good cause.
“This will bring the community and police department together to take a stand against crime,” she said.
There are more than 30 vendors registered for the event, including organizations like the King County Marine Unit, Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, Washington State Parks and Eastside Fire & Rescue, officer Scott Trial said.
Groups like Fish & Wildlife are going to talk about safety in each of their particular areas, like wildlife around your home, securing garbage cans, etc.
The Drug Free Coalition will return to this year’s National Night Out as well. It will hand out information about the organization, along with material about the consequences of alcohol and drug abuse.
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Companies like Shred-it will be there to promote identity theft prevention by offering their document shredding services free of charge. Everyone is welcome to bring documents they need shredded to the mobile shredding station.
Alarm companies will show off home security products. Microsoft will provide information about Internet safety in an age of social media and networking.
Swedish Medical Center and Overlake Hospital will provide child safety advice. There will also be a self-defense class taught to child and adult groups, a new addition to the lineup this year.
Target is the national sponsor for National Night Out and is providing a good deal of funding for the event.
Trial said that since the beginning of the event in Issaquah five years ago, there has been growth every year.
“It’s become bigger and bigger every time we have done it,” he said.
Officers will cook hot dogs during the event.
“Come hungry, because we have free hotdogs, chips and pop,” Weihe said.
Apart from the main event, police will stop by block parties in the area to meet with neighborhoods and give safety tips.
National Night Out is followed by this week’s Concert on the Green on the front lawn of the Issaquah Community Center, featuring Kalimba, a tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire.
Maple Hills Estates in the Renton Highlands will also have its own National Night Out on the 6th. Held at Maple Hills Park from 5-7 p.m., the event will have representatives from The King County Sheriff’s Office, EFR, and many other groups and organizations.
National Night Out first began in 1984, when 2.5 million people participated in more than 400 communities and 20 states. Today, the event is celebrated by 37 million people in 15,000 communities.