National Night Out is a nationwide movement connecting emergency services to local residents in an effort to promote crime prevention and service accessibility.
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Next week, Market Street Plaza will become a tangible beacon for crime prevention when Smyrna’s 10th annual local version of “National Night Out” lights up the evening streets.
“The event mends the gap between emergency services and the community,” said this year’s organizer, Smyrna Police Sargent Torrie James. “It’s important that everyone knows who to call or where to go when they need something.”
1. NEW LOCATION In years past, the event has been held on South Main Street, between Commerce and South Streets. This year, in an effort to free up traffic constraints, the event will be confined to Market Street Plaza.
2. COME HUNGRY Save the kitchen cleanup for another night and let your local guys in blue take care of your family’s dinner with a few freshly grilled hot dogs. Wawa and Pepsi have even stepped in and donated a mountain of drinks to wash down the night’s walkable cuisine. James said that the first few lucky souls will also get coupons for Rita’s Water Ice.
3. SAFEGAURD YOUR RIDE James said that every summer, the police department sees an influx of lost and stolen bicycles. Registering your bike or your child’s bike might mean getting it back faster once it’s recovered.
4. PICK UP SOME PRODUCE Just a block or so over, the Farmer’s Market will be happening simultaneously on the back lawn of the Smyrna Opera House. Pick up a few things and the next night’s dinner is almost done.
5. SAFEGAURD YOUR CHILD According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, nearly 18,000 children are reported missing every year. In an effort to make local kids safer, the local Moose Lodge will be fingerprinting children.
6. DEMONSTRATIONS & GAMES GALORE Smyra’s “National Night Out” has morphed into a large block party. Expect to see all kinds of family-friendly games, prizes and demonstrations. The State Police will be back this year with the bomb unit’s robot while several fire stations typically bring in their bright red fire engines. Miss the old days? Be sure to stop by and check out the antique police cars.
7. LIVE COVERAGE & MUSIC There’s no band this year but that doesn’t mean there will not be music. WSTW (93.7) will be broadcasting live and playing tunes for the community throughout the evening.
8. COME ONE, COME ALL Of course, the event is free for anyone who wants to attend. But, it’s also free for any organization that wants to set up a booth. James just said that potential vendors need to contact him at the police station to register. Participants have to provide their own tables and if electricity is needed, he will need to know. Contact James at (302) 653-9217 to register or for more information.