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Communities celebrate National Night Out

 

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Marysville police officer Derek Oates puts on a K9 unit demonstration at Jennings Park during the 2016 National Night Out in Marysville on Aug. 2, 2016.

National Night Out returns on Aug. 1, giving local communities a chance to meet the police officers, firefighters and city officials who serve them.

The national night was started to promote communities coming together to create safer neighborhoods.

Both Arlington and Marysville neighborhoods will be participating in the event.

Arlington

Many neighborhoods around Arlington will be hosting National Night Out events.

"We go back to the original sentiment of National Night Out, which was really to help people get to know their neighbors," said Kristin Banfield, communications manager for the city of Arlington.

Arlington's National Night Out changed to focus on the neighborhoods after city officials talked to citizens and realized that model was well-liked.

Officials from the police department, the fire department and the city plan to make visits to each of the events.

"People like that one-on-one interaction in their own neighborhood with the people who are working to serve them," said Banfield. "We're getting very excited to meet with the people we serve as well."

Banfield said that the event gives city officials a chance to talk about what's going on in Arlington and provide information.

"It will help to make our community that much more safe and vibrant," said Banfield.

There are currently seven planned neighborhood events this year, including the Twin Rivers neighborhoods at Haller Park, Crown Ridge, Gleneagle, Kona Crest, Country Manor, Airway Park and Magnolia Meadows.

Marysville

The City of Marysville will host a city-sponsored event at Jennings Park, while neighborhoods around the city also hold their own events.

The city used to have just one event but has been transitioning to more neighborhood-focused events.

The Jennings Park event will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. and include hot dogs, popsicles, K9 demonstrations and visits from police, fire and city officials.

"National Night Out provides a positive way for our police, fire and city officials to meet with the community," said Connie Mennie, communications officer for the City of Marysville.

Marysville police Sergeant Pete Shove said it is good to get to know the people in Marysville they don't usually meet.

"The biggest boon for us is to be able to connect to the community," he said.

"You may never speak to some of the people at National Night Out otherwise, because they never need to talk to the cops," said Shove.

It's good to meet in such a positive environment as well, he said.

"Usually when you talk to the police, you're not having the best day ever," said Shove.

National Night Out also allows kids to see the police as people.

"Especially families with kids enjoy being able to approach officers and meet them. It really puts a human face to the police," said Mennie.

Officials plan to stop by each of the neighborhood events as well.

"We try to have police, fire and city people stop by each of the neighborhoods," said Mennie.

There are around eight neighborhoods currently registered and some more were interested, said Mennie.

The night also helps build community.

"It's a really good opportunity for people to get to know their neighbors," said Mennie.

Neighborhoods that are interested can get more information and register at http://www.marysvillewa.gov/NNO.

Those that want to publicize their event can also get it listed online.

 

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