National Night Out is Aug. 5

Law enforcement agencies, businesses and residents in communities nationwide join forces for National Night Out, Aug. 5.

The event is scheduled at the Port Orchard Marina Waterfront Park Gazebo.

National Night Out, which started 31 years ago by the National Association of Town Watch, is meant to bring awareness of crime and drug prevention, and to support local anticrime efforts.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships; and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and observant.

Former Port Orchard Police Officer Maureen Wheeler started the celebration a few years ago, but now Officer Jana Deck is heading up the event.

At the celebration, which will start at 5:30 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m., there will be a live band (Ignite), disc jockey, food and informational booths where people can get information about crime prevention in Port Orchard.

“We have National Guard vehicles to tour and the U.S. Coast Guard is bringing in a 33-foot Defender-class boat to the Port Orchard Marina pier for tours,” said Deck, crime prevention officer for Port Orchard Police Department. “We also will have police vehicles and fire engines from the South Kitsap Fire and Rescue.”

Deck said more than 250 people are expected.

Members of the local National Guard will be cooking hot dogs provided by the police department, while Soroptimist International of Port Orchard will serve free popcorn.

A local Boy Scout troop will assist with cleanup this year.


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