At about 3:30 p.m. yesterday, the Village of Oak Lawn posted an invitation for residents to join the Oak Lawn Police and Fire Departments for National Night Out tomorrow evening.
The free event, at the Oak Lawn Municipal Center, allows residents, young and old, to enjoy demonstrations by the fire department and the police department’s K9 unit, tour the stations and meet some of Oak Lawn’s police officers and firefighters.
This year, unlike last year, Oak Lawn will be participating on the same day as the rest of the country. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. The national organization’s website states that National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.
The organization chooses winners based on population and three municipalities in the village’s category, which is based on population, won awards last year.
Oak Lawn’s event is still fluid as we publish the information but some of the activities planned for the night include:
SWAT equipment for kids and adults to see and suit up
Evidence technician demonstrations
Tours of the police lock-up facility
Child ID (fingerprinting of children)
Hot dogs will be for sale and the proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts.
Since 1984, police departments and communities across the United States have held National Night Out events on the first Tuesday in August. More than 38 million neighbors in 16,000 communities throughout the nation will participate in some National Night Out activities promoting community building and public safety.