Hope Police Department to hold 10th annual National Night Out Tuesday

The Hope Police Department and the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Department along with many others are set to hold Hope’s 10th annual National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 3.

National Night Out will be held at Hope Fair Park Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. and is hosted annually on the first Tuesday of August across the country for the past 38 years. It is an annual community-building campaign that attempts to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live. This effort attempts to enhance relationships between neighbors and law enforcement and bringing back a true sense of community. The event is sponsored by National Association of Town Watch (NATW).

“National Night Out triumphs over a culture that isolates us from each other and allows us to discover our own community,” Angela Gammage of the Hope Police Department and coordinator of National Night Out said. “It is a chance to bring together neighborhoods with the men and the women who protect them. The safety of our communities depend on both law enforcement and the neighbors we serve. National Night Out enhances that cooperation. Positive interactions with our residents are invaluable and are the key to building a lasting community relationship. It stands a time to reflect our deep community ties and the obligations we have to each other.”

Parents and children who attend will get the chance to see squad cars, various emergency response vehicles, the medical helicopter to learn about a wide variety of safety topics and partake in numerous interactive family friendly activities.

“My hope for starting National Night Out was to reach the community, especially the children and let them see the officers of the department in a positive light,” Gammage said. “This event brings police officers and members of the community together in a fun setting and gives them the opportunity to know the officers and ask questions. It brings us to them instead of them having to come to us.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the event.

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