National Night Out 2018

Stacy Anderson and Connor Timmerman, 5, enjoy the festivities in the Liberty Towing booth at Oregon’s 2018 National Night Out.

An event intended to solidify the relationship between communities and safety officials is set for Thursday, Aug. 6.

The 24th annual National Night Out 2019 will be held from 5-8 p.m. at Kiser Firemen’s Park, 245 Brook St.

Event organizer and Oregon Police Department sergeant Luke Kass told the Observer this is the second year the expanding event will be at the park. He said the community cares a lot about building a better relationship with its police officers, firemen, public works officials and others.

“People can come out in a casual setting and get to know who their officers are,” he said.

Attendees can also feast their eyes on police cars, fire department trucks and apparatuses and public works vehicles; see demonstrations of martial arts and observe how drones work, courtesy of the Capitol Police. There will also be free food and refreshments.

Overall, Kass said National Night Out is about helping people know what safety resources their communities can offer them and “breaking down barriers.” It helps the public to know that “we’re people too,” he said.

For more information about the event, contact Kass at 835-3111.

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