The Henry County Police Department, along with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Henry County Fire Department and other law enforcement agencies in the county and members from each branch of the military are hosting the annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Henry Town Center in McDonough.
Henry County’s National Night Out is a free event for the whole family where parents and kids alike will have an opportunity to meet various law enforcement officers and get a first-hand look at some of the equipment, vehicles and apparatus they use to keep citizens safe. There will be K9 Unit demonstrations as well as public safety displays from the C.A.G.E. gang task force and S.W.A.T. team members.
“This is a national event where we want parents and children to come out and meet their local law enforcement officers,” explained Sergeant Jason Duffey, with the Henry County Police Department. “We want them to see we a diverse organization with highly trained specialty units, there to protect the community.”
There will be free food and giveaways from area merchants including CJ’s Hot Dogs, Gezzos, Truett’s Grill, and more, plus plenty of fun activities for the whole family. The little ones will have fun bouncing in the inflatables.
“We have great support from area merchants and restaurants and Target is our national sponsor for this event. They have been staunch supporters of National Night Out,” said Duffey.
Now in its 29th year, National Night Out is a unique crime and drug prevention event that involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials coming together in a show of solidarity against crime. The community event is observed in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases. In 2011, more than 37 million people participated in National Night Out. Here at home, last year’s event saw approximately 2,000 people come out to take part in this stand against crime.
National Night Out will take place in front of the Target Department Store, 1850 Jonesboro Rd., in McDonough. For more information, contact Sam Cox at 770-288-8255, or visit www.co.henry.ga.us/police.