WAKE FOREST — Tuesday, Aug. 6, neighborhoods, businesses, faith organizations and community groups from Wake Forest are invited to join the Wake Forest Police Department (WFPD), Target and thousands of communities across the United States for the 30th Annual National Night Out.
National Night Out (NNO) teams law enforcement agencies with citizens, community leaders, civic groups and local businesses to promote safe, healthy neighborhoods. The NNO observance, always held the first Tuesday in August, is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The WFPD and Target, the national sponsor for NNO, are marking the occasion by hosting a National Night Out Parking Lot Party from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Wake Forest SuperTarget, 12000 Retail Drive.
The event promises something for everyone, including food and special prizes, as well as fire, police and EMS vehicle displays. The Duke Life Flight helicopter is also scheduled to fly in and make what is sure to be a memorable landing.
The police department will sponsor a child identification booth where parents can have their children photographed and fingerprinted. Child safety seat technicians will also be on hand to demonstrate the proper installation of child safety seats and community crime prevention officers will distribute information on topics such as vehicle security, home security, and personal safety.
The police department will also offer a K-9 demonstration and D.A.R.E. presentation and share information on upcoming Community Watch programs.
American Legion Wake Forest Post 187 will be on site selling hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks to support veterans-related programs in our community.
For more information, see wakeforestnc.gov/national-night-out.aspx.