YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – For the last 30 years, the goal of the National Night Out has been to build a more positive relationship between officers and the communities they serve. Considering the strain the recent string of cases of people shooting police has put on the relationship, it is hard to imagine the timing could be any better.
Community organizations like Neighborhood Watch programs are organizing the events scheduled for Tuesday. Leaders for these events are throwing parades and picnics to bring out neighbors and show support for police.
Vienna’s Neighborhood Watch President Michele Garman said her group decided to give out blue bulbs after eight officers were shot and killed last month in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
“We kind of threw this together when we heard what happened. So, unfortunately, only about half of the bulbs came in. So it’s going to be kind of a first come, first serve, but we thought it was important to show support for our police,” Garman said.
National Night Out Events for August 2, 2016:
The Township Neighborhood Watch will be handing out the bulbs at the Township Gazebo on Warren-Sharon Road from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Organizers ask those who get the blue bulbs to turn it on after the event to let the support shine for local police departments.
Youngstown’s National Night Out event will take place at Wick Park. It starts at 4:30 p.m. with a parade by the fire station on Madison and Elm. Afterward, there will be a picnic in the park.
New Middletown has also held a National Night Out event for several years. The event starts with a parade at 6:30 p.m. at Springfield High School. Afterward, there will be a picnic behind the municipal building that has several events planned for the kids. Then, at 10:00 p.m., there will be a fireworks display.
Farrell has an event from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the high school. There will be food, entertainment, giveaways and a softball game between the police and firemen.