Meet the heat on the beat during National Night Out

July 29, 2014

 The Issaquah Police Department will really work the community beat Aug. 5.

In the city’s sixth celebration of National Night Out, officers from the department will join thousands of communities nationwide in reaching out to residents to create a stronger bond between the department and the people it serves.

“We’re going to continue with our previous program and let the community have an opportunity to chat with our officers,” Police Chief Scott Behrbaum said. “I think it’s an opportunity to engage with that community-policing model that we have. It’s an extension of how we approach our policing focus in Issaquah.”

Behrbaum said the goal of National Night Out is to promote awareness of crime and drug prevention and provide support for local anti-crime efforts. He said it also gives officers a connection to residents, helping with outreach and building a relationship.

Free food, giveaways, music and tips on topics such as emergency preparedness and home security will be made available at the event on the steps of City Hall beginning at 5 p.m.

Citizens can also bring their sensitive documents to be destroyed by a mobile shredding service for free.

“National Night Out doesn’t have to be only at the police department event,” Behrbaum said. “We invite other people to throw their own block parties and get to know their neighbors.”

He said the officers really respond to the opportunity to learn more about Issaquah’s citizens and introduce themselves in a more laidback, social atmosphere.

“We really enjoy it,” he said. “Yes, this is official business, but it gives us the chance to talk to people. It’s a chance to chit chat on a one on one basis.”

City Communications Director Autumn Monahan said residents should interact with the city on social media to share their communities’ experience and, if neighborhoods hold separate block parties, receive an informational visit from an officer.

“We encourage people to let us know beforehand if they are holding a block party and want an officer to visit,” Monahan said. “Residents are welcome to share their events with us and with their communities as well.”

Residents can connect with city staff on Facebook and Twitter, or email to schedule a visit at nno@issaquahwa.gov. Monahan said the city would use the hashtag #PartywithPolice and invited others celebrating the event to join.

“It’s a really fun way to spend a night out in Issaquah,” Monahan said. “You can attend and walk across the lawn and join the Concerts on the Green. It’s a great way to piggyback two fun events.”

Behrbaum said the event offers the chance to benefit all Issaquah’s residents.

“It’s about building relationships and that comfort level,” he said. “If people feel comfortable with us, then people will be more willing to call us. We care and it’s all about the quality of life in Issaquah.”

If you go
National Night Out

  • 5-7 p.m. Aug. 5
  • City Hall

4130 E. Sunset Way

National Night Out offers a safe evening of food, fun and friends

July 30, 2013

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.

By Greg Farrar Catherine Posey (left) and Jenny Lee pose in a soapbox derby Issaquah Police squad car last year at City Hall during National Night Out.

By Greg Farrar
Catherine Posey (left) and Jenny Lee pose in a soapbox derby Issaquah Police squad car last year at City Hall during National Night Out.

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.

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Residents receive grants for mapping, National Night Out

November 20, 2012

Dow Constantine

Issaquah-area residents received more than $3,700 in King County grants to host a National Night Out event and map rural areas between Issaquah and Renton, leaders announced Nov. 14.

Officials awarded $60,000 in grants for disaster preparedness, neighborhood cleanup, tourism promotion and other activities in unincorporated communities countywide. Overall, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced 24 Community Engagement Grants.

The grants amount to less than $5,000 apiece, and each community must match at least 25 percent of total project cost. Officials said the grants offer residents in unincorporated areas a chance to participate more in community activities.

The county awarded a $1,254.50 grant to residents in the Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain area to produce a National Night Out program, plus a $2,500 grant to create maps and conduct spatial analysis for community planning.

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Communities receive grants for National Night Out, mapping projects

November 15, 2012

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 15, 2012

Issaquah-area residents received more than $3,700 in King County grants to host a National Night Out event and map rural areas between Issaquah and Renton, leaders announced Wednesday.

Officials awarded $60,000 in grants for disaster preparedness, neighborhood cleanup, tourism promotion and other activities in unincorporated communities countywide.

Overall, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced 24 Community Engagement Grants. Officials said the grants offer residents in unincorporated areas a chance to participate more in community activities.

The county awarded $1,254.50 to residents in the Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain area to produce a National Night Out program.

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain residents also received a $2,500 grant to create maps and conduct spatial analysis for community planning.

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Celebrate National Night Out with local police officers, and a hot dog

July 31, 2012

Local residents can meet officers from the Issaquah Police Department, obtain valuable safety information and munch on free hot dogs at the city’s National Night Out event Aug. 7.

The nationwide event heightens neighborhood crime awareness, generates support for local anticrime efforts, and strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Some 15,000 communities and 36 million people around the country are expected to participate in their local neighborhoods.

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King County executive appoints rural outreach adviser

May 8, 2012

The latest King County strategy to engage rural residents — including more than 16,000 people near Issaquah — earned early praise from a community leader in the unincorporated tract between Issaquah and Renton.

County Executive Dow Constantine appointed a top adviser April 4 to lead the outreach effort from county government to residents in rural and unincorporated areas. The announcement marked the latest step in a long-running effort to change how leaders and residents interact.

Alan Painter — Constantine’s former adviser on human services, health and housing policy — is the manager for the community service areas program. In the past 18 months, county officials carved unincorporated land into designated areas to coordinate on issues, such as crime prevention or potential development.

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Hundreds attend local National Night Out events

August 9, 2011

Local residents got the opportunity last week to meet face-to-face with their local law enforcement officers during National Night Out Against Crime events.

There were two local National Night Out celebrations Aug. 2 — one held by the Issaquah Police Department on the steps of Issaquah City Hall and the other held by the King County Sheriff’s Office at Maple Hills Community Park.

A King County sheriff’s deputy at Issaquah’s National Night Out explains to a girl and her mother how an inflatable water rescue craft is used. By Quinn Eddy

“To give you an idea of how many people are here, we bought 700 hotdogs and we’re going to use all of them,” said Sgt. Scott Trial, with the Issaquah Police Department.

Issaquah’s Night Out celebration featured roughly 35 information booths, some by private vendors and regarding topics ranging from home alarm systems to emergency preparedness. To aid residents in the fight against identity theft, free document shredding was offered to destroy sensitive documents.

On the lawn behind Issaquah’s City Hall, eventgoers got the opportunity to meet Savute, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Karelian bear dog. Savute deals primarily with bears and cougars. (His job is to chase the animals into trees making for an easier shot with a tranquilizer gun.)

“Last week, he treed a bear in North Bend trying to get someone’s French doors open,” said Jason Capelli, game warden for the department of fish and wildlife.

The Issaquah event featured prizes, raffles and a live DJ. The Maple Hills event had informational safety demonstrations. At both events, grilled hotdogs were offered free to those in attendance.

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Celebrating National Night Out / Aug. 2, 2011

August 3, 2011

Meet local police during National Night Out

July 26, 2011

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.

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Issaquah’s National Night Out / Aug. 3, 2010

August 4, 2010

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