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National Night Out will be Aug. 7


August 1, 2018 | View PDF

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Alex and Kyle Bontrager grab firefighter hats from the Marysville Fire District during last year's Marysville National Night Out on Aug. 1, 2017.

This Aug. 7 will be the 35th year that the National Night Out has been held across the nation, including events in Marysville, Arlington and Tulalip.

The event is meant to bring together communities and their police departments.

Marysville National Night Out

Marysville will help with many smaller community gatherings during the National Night Out, as well as a central gathering at Jennings Park from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Police officials plan to meet and talk with residents at all of the events.

The Jennings Park gathering will include hot dogs, popsicles, a K9 demonstration and police and fire officials.

"Marysville law enforcement looks forward to National Night Out every year. It's an opportunity to engage with the community outside of the typical 911 call, which usually centers on crisis resolution or specific problem solving," said Commander Mark Thomas with the Marysville Police Department.

The smaller events are run by local neighborhoods, which the Marysville Police Department has been encouraging so that they can meet the public where they live.

"There are more events at the neighborhoods that they are starting themselves," said Thomas. This will be the second or third year in a row for many of the smaller events, he said.

"National Night Out is an opportunity for community members to come out, meet with each other and talk about the issues that are going on for them," he said.

Arlington National Night Out

Arlington is running National Night Out similar to how it has been done in the past, with police, fire and city officials coming out to neighborhoods around the city.

"We're encouraging neighborhoods to have their own events, so police officers, city officials and City Council members will then be able to go out to them," said Kristin Banfield, communications manager with the city of Arlington.

Currently, seven neighborhoods are running events throughout the evening. A full list is available at

Banfield said the event helps people become familiar with their neighborhood.

"People like getting to know their neighbors and what is normal in their neighborhood," she said.

"As a resident you can spot what is not normal and when a crime is occurring," she said.

There is still time for anyone who wants to sign up for the event, said Banfield.

"Anyone still wanting to make an event for their neighborhood can contact the Arlington Fire Department and they will help you set up one," she said.

Tulalip National Night Out

The Tulalip National Night Out will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tulalip Tribes Youth Center parking lot at 6700 Totem Beach Road.


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