Anne Arundel County, Annapolis mark National Night Out with free programs

Evening geared toward crime prevention

July 28, 2011

Anne Arundel County and Annapolis will mark the 28th annual National Night Out, an anti-crime neighborhood program, with free events Tuesday night.

All events include children's activities and refreshments.

National Night Out Against Crime is aimed at promoting safety, strengthening a sense of community and fostering neighborhood relationships with police by enjoying time outdoors with neighbors and learning about crime prevention. Participants traditionally keep a front or porch light on. Community events include civic groups and law enforcement agencies, although individual neighborhoods and blocks may hold smaller gatherings, officials said.

In Anne Arundel County, police said programs will take place in the following communities:

•Brooklyn Park, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Brooklyn Park Middle School. The program will feature a disc jockey, county police K-9 unit and bicycle patrol demonstrations, a county Fire Department equipment display and recycling materials.

•Crofton, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the library parking lot. The program will include music, county police and fire vehicles, a skateboarding demonstration and police K-9 demonstrations.

•Shady Side, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lula G. Scott Community Center. It will feature music, a police helicopter, and displays of county fire and police vehicles.

•Annapolis, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Harbor House in Eastport. The program will include a dunk tank, in which police officers will be dunked to raise money for after-school tutoring and girls mentoring programs at Harbor House; police K-9 units and tactical team demonstrations; and demonstrations by the Fire Department's bomb squad. Emergency medical personnel will perform blood pressure checks. After that, police will visit neighborhood events.

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