Frankfort, Ind. – In their continuing work building a strong police-community partnership, increased crime prevention awareness and enhanced neighborhood spirit and unity, Frankfort Police will host their annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in TPA Park (near the bird aviary).
According to Frankfort National Night Out Program Coordinator Detective Assistant Colleen Moore, this year’s event will include informational and fun activities for the entire family.
“We will have the always-popular dunk tank, a bike safety booth with free bicycle registrations sponsored by local FOP Lodge #69, a gun safety booth with free gun locks provided, a SWAT booth, K-9 demonstrations by Frankfort Police and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement vehicles will be on display.
“McGruff and Safety Pup will be there, along with Shine 99 doing a live broadcast, the Rossville Lions Club with their ice cream trailer and Frankfort Police Department Chaplain Leo Gonzalez’s Primera Iglesia Bautista DE Frankfort church congregation will be providing food,” Moore explained.
All area law enforcement agencies have been invited to participate with the Indiana State Police, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Jail Division, Mulberry Town Marshall and representatives from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources joining Frankfort police officers at the event.
“Back by popular demand, the United Way of Clinton County and its agencies again will be at the event with their Back to School Agency Fair featuring free school supplies and information about various community programs and opportunities for residents,” Moore said.
According to Police Chief Troy Bacon, the mission of National Night Out complements the Police Department’s overall goal to strengthen communications and partnerships with community members.
“As we often share, as law enforcement officers, we need community members’ help and the community needs ours to fight crime, keep our city as safe as possible and improve everyone’s quality of life. If those bonds aren’t solid or break, positive change takes much longer and is more difficult to achieve.
“Our annual National Night Out events help promote strong police-community relations, building rapport between officers and residents. We have opportunities to share how we operate and event participants can share their concerns and suggestions to help us protect and serve them as effectively as possible.
“Strong, connected neighborhoods where residents look out for each other and are comfortable communicating with the police are unappealing locations for criminals. Our goal throughout Clinton County is to help strengthen those neighborhood connections and provide skilled, trusted, dedicated law enforcement resources to all those we serve. National Night Out helps us reach that goal,” Bacon said.
Created in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out has grown from 2.5 million neighbors in 400 communities across 23 states that year to 38.1 million people in 16,540 communities in all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canada and military bases worldwide.