Local police to have National Night Out
by Jessicah Peters
August 03, 2014 12:05 AM | 2971 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police departments around Cherokee County are dedicating one night of family activities with the hopes of building stronger relationships in the communities.

Local city police departments, including Woodstock and those in Canton, will participate in the annual National Night Out Against Crime.

Canton Police Department will participate in Night Out Against Crime by hosting parents and children from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday around the gazebo in downtown Canton. The goal of the event is to give residents a heightened awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate public support and participation in crime-fighting efforts and strengthen community spirit and police relations.

The community event will offer free hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue and drinks, as well as music and entertainment. The Canton Police and Fire departments will also present various demonstrations.

“National Night Out provides the police department with the opportunity to further our community policing efforts. This event allows us to interact with our citizens and foster relationships which will benefit our entire community,” said Canton Police Chief Robert Merchant. “We are committed to reducing crime and improving the quality of life in our community. National Night Out plays a very important part in building these relationships throughout our community.”

Free child identification kits will be available to parents to help protect their children’s safety. K-9 Officer “Nate” will also be there to greet participants.

Woodstock Police Department will also host its National Night Out event Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Park at City Center in downtown Woodstock.

This event will feature K-9 demonstrations, a rock climbing wall, viewing of the Georgia State Patrol helicopter, bounce houses and other activities.

“National Night Out provides an excellent opportunity for our residents and business owners to meet informally with WPD officers, to get to know their neighbors and to demonstrate their interest in public safety,” Woodstock Police Chief Calvin Moss said.

There will also be free food, drinks and music during the night. For more information, contact Officer Ryan Bleisath at (770) 592-6000, Ext: 1172  or rbleisath@woodstockga.gov.

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