National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 4. Both Richmond Hill and Pembroke have events planned and are hoping the community will come out to show a united front against crime in Bryan County.
Activities for the whole family are lined up for both events.
This is the third time Pembroke has celebrated NNO, while it is a first for Richmond Hill. The Richmond Hill event will be inside J.F. Gregory Park from 6-9 p.m. while the Pembroke event will take place 7-10 p.m. outside the Pembroke Police Department. 16,000 cities nationwide are slated to participate in National Night Out – an event that was introduced in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch.
Richmond Hill city councilperson Marilyn Hodges suggested participation in May and the Richmond Hill Police Department has organized the South Bryan festivities – just as the Pembroke Police Department is organizing events on the north end.
The Richmond Hill event will have a steady stream of entertainment. 2009 Richmond Hill Idol winner Nick Jones tops the bill with a thirty-minute concert to begin at 8:25 p.m. KIX 96 will be broadcasting live from the park. Other activities include free food, pony rides, a classic car show, dancing and karate exhibitions, visits from Ronald McDonald and McGruff the dog, an inflatable playground and ‘Dunk-a-Cop’ which will feature RHPD traffic cops taking the hot seat in a dunking booth.
"It should be a lot of fun," said Cpl. Susan Willis with the RHPD. "We’ve got a decent lineup of events. It’s not often that the police department gets to host an event like this, and we’re just hoping that a lot of people come out. Everything but the pony rides is free."
Activities for the Pembroke event include free food, music and booths from local businesses and organizations. It will conclude with a flashlighted walk around part of the city.
"This event is about getting people out and getting them familiar with who their neighbors are," said Jennifer Baxter with the Pembroke Police Department. "It’s an effort toward getting back to the good old days when crime was scarce and everyone knew everyone else. We’re hoping for good weather and a good turnout."
In addition to fun and games, both police departments are encouraging residents to take this opportunity to speak to officers about any crime issues they believe are relevant in the community.
Police are also hoping this event will bring the community together and strengthen the bond between citizens and law enforcement.