Bellefontaine will join more than 100 cities across Ohio and many others throughout the country on Tuesday, Aug. 2, in marking National Night Out.
The annual event celebrating safety, neighborhood camraderie and police-community partnerships are recognized during festivities slated for 6 to 8 p.m. at Brown Park.
Free food, music and games are planned, and residents are invited to partake and meet their neighbors and members of the Bellefontaine Police Department.
During recent years, the Bellefontaine Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association has organized and managed the growing activity as their primary event of the year.
“The members enjoy putting it together for the community,” Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley said. “The work of our Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is what drives this event’s success.”
Chief Standley noted that the Bellefontaine Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association now has more than 100 members, after recently graduating its 10th class of students this year.
“Throughout the night, we’d be happy to help answer questions about the class and how to sign up,” he said.
National Night Out is now in its 38th year, and about 16,000 communities in all 50 states are expected to celebrate this year, according to natw.org.
“We’d encourage everyone to stop by to enjoy the fun summer activities, and to have the chance to interact with our officers and alumni association members. It’s an evening that is enjoyed by us all,” the police chief said.