National Night Out: Central Pennsylvania connects police officers to communities

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Neighbors — friends and family — throughout Central Pennsylvania tonight will honor those who wear blue.

Established in 1984, the first Tuesday in August is National Night Out, an evening developed as a crime prevention program that emphasizes building a partnership between the police and the community. Community involvement in crime prevention is generated through a multitude of local events, such as block parties, cookouts, parades, contests, youth activities, and seminars.

National Night Out’s objectives include refining the nationwide crime prevention campaign, documenting successful crime prevention strategies, disseminating information about successful community-based strategies, providing technical assistance on crime prevention program development, and developing the National Night Out Web site.

Fox43 newsroom is developing a comprehensive list of August 2nd events. Please feel free to send us a note if your National Night Out event is not included, and feel free to share a photo of your evening’s event on our Facebook page.

National Night Out

Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster — The club will be joining many other organizations in the area for the National Association of Town Watch’s National Night Out. The event promotes positive relations between community members and law enforcement officials. By bringing everyone together to celebrate – neighbors, police officers, and other community members can get to  know each other while having a great time.

Come join us for a block party!! Play volleyball and basketball, get your face painted, enjoy some cookout food, and celebrate your community with the Boys & Girls Club from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Festivities will be held at our 3 Clubhouse locations:
Hill Clubhouse, 116 S. Water Street, Lancaster (a resource table staffed by a United Way Community Connector and paramedic, providing information about community resources for food, health and living, will be present at Hill Clubhouse)
Jack Walker Clubhouse, 229 W. Lemon Street, Lancaster
Columbia Clubhouse, 248 W. Locust Street, Columbia

Carlisle National Night Out — Each year the Carlisle Police Department participates as a sponsor of National Night Out. National Night Out is a community event designed to raise awareness of crime prevention and encourage citizens to engage in crime prevention activities in their own neighborhoods. Crime prevention activities can be as basic as locking doors and turning lights on all the way to organizing neighborhood crime watch organizations. This year’s National Night Out Celebration will be held Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. at the Carlisle Borough Swimming Pool at 1236 Franklin Street. There will be multiple public safety agencies participating in the event. There will be a police K-9 demonstration as well as other law enforcement presentations. Additionally there will be food and refreshments available on site. There is no fee to attend the National Night Out celebration. The Carlisle community pool will be offering free admission from 5pm-7pm. We urge Borough residents to consider coming out to the Borough Swimming Pool for National Night Out. It’s a good opportunity to support crime prevention in the community and to socialize with friends and neighbors.

Columbia National Night Out — Don’t forget to come out to National Night Out from 5 pm to 8 pm. The event will be held at Gladfelter’s field at 12 St. and Lancaster Ave.

East Pennsboro Twp. National Night Out — Over the last few weeks, law Enforcement agencies have suffered too many losses. The public support for our local Police Officers has been tremendous. Our residents have been going out of their way to thank us for the job we do every day. We would like to take this time to thank the community for their continuing support. With this in mind, I would like to remind all residents that Tuesday, August 2nd, is East Pennsboro Township Police Departments third annual National Night Out. This event will be held at Adams Ricci Park from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This year we will have the honor of the Pennsylvania State Police mounted unit and a K-9 demonstration from Officer Morris and K-9 Legion. There will be numerous displays with many free gifts, food, and prizes.

Fairview Twp. National Night Out — Fairview Township will hold our annual National Night Out Community Celebration at Roof Park, 599 Lewisberry Road, New Cumberland. The concept of National Night Out is to promote strong police-community relations and improve neighborhood awareness on crime prevention. Among other things, the police department will be giving away Child ID kits and free gun locks to make sure families can keep any firearms safely secured. During this fun-filled evening, all of the Fairview Township Emergency Services will be represented, as well as many other public safety entities, businesses, and community organizations. There will be a variety of games and activities for the entire family. This year we are proud to have players from the 2015 Red Land Little League U.S. World Series Championship Team between 5:30-7:00 p.m. where fans can meet and interact with them. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides from South Mountain Carriage Company, bounce houses, and lots of free food. As in the past, we will have music from Newman with BOB 94.9 and our free raffle drawing that has over 50 prizes people can win. This year we will be giving away a dozen bicycles, a gas grill, Fitbit watches, a Samsung TV and many other great items for people of all ages. Due to very generous donations from local businesses and organizations, we are able to have this event without using any taxpayer money and this free event will be staffed by volunteers. Festivities begin at 5:00 PM and end at 9:00 PM.

Goldsboro National Night Out — This year’s event is scheduled from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and is being held at the square of Goldsboro. The evening is free to anyone who attends, and we have quite a few Newberry Township neighbors who join us for the event. There are games for the children, food and refreshments, a band for entertainment, and much more! Many local businesses donate generously so that we can provide an event at no cost to those who attend.

Governor and First Lady Wolf Host National Night Out at Governor’s Residence — Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf will host National Night Out at the Governor’s Residence with activities provided by local law enforcement and community organizations. Events begin at 5:30 pm.

Hellam Township Police will hold their celebration at the Barshinger Soccer Fields on Accomac Road from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Newberry Township Police will hold their event at Susquehanna Speedway, 690 York Road, York Haven, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Northeastern Regional Police will hold their event at Ordendorf Elementary, 101 S. Hartman St, Manchester, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Northern York County Regional Police will hold their event at the Union Fire and Hose Co. on 30 E. Canal St. in Dover from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.

Southern Regional Police will hold their event at the New Freedom Community Center, 150 E. Main St, from 6 pm to 9 p.m.

Southwestern Regional Police will host their event at the rear of the Spring Grove Area C&MA Church, 213 N. Main St., Spring Grove, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Spring Garden Township Police event will be held at York College, in the parking lot of Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center, 899 South Richland Ave., from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Springettsbury Township Police will host their event at St. Joseph’s School, 2945 Kingston Road, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Spring Grove Area National Night Out Against Crime — From 6 pm – 9 pm to the rear of the Spring Grove Area C & MA Church, 213 North Main Street, Spring Grove.
“Every resident wants minimum crime, disorder out of our neighborhoods, and to eliminate the fear of crime. These ideals are achievable when police and communities work together. This “Night Out” helps to build these relationships.” Chief Greg Bean. We also want to emphasize the motto of the Department of Homeland Security , “If you see something, say something.” This idea encourages the thought that residents know their neighborhoods better than anyone. If you see something that seems suspicious to you, then partner with us and let us take a look into the matter. We will have additional information regarding when and how you can do this. Police and Fire equipment will be displayed. Police Officers will be on hand as we welcome our communities for some great interaction and information as we come together for a common cause.

West Shore Regional Police Department National Night Out — On Tuesday, August 2, 2016 West Shore Regional Police will be hosting National Night Out at the Wormleysburg Borough Hall (20 Market Street, Wormleysburg). We are proud to announce that we will be having fundraisers for our new K9 Program. WSRPD will have a dunk tank with Officer Conroy in it for the night. We will also be offering out K9 Bracelets for a $3.00 donation. Please come out have a good time and support our new K9 Program! There is nothing better than having the opportunity to DUNK an officer for a small donation!

West York Police will be holding their event at Shelly Park, at the intersection of North Highland Avenue and Filbert Street, from 5 pm until 8 pm.

York City National Night Out — Community Block Parties are scheduled throughout the City with varied times ranging from 3:30 pm until 9pm.
The following streets will be closed to traffic:
200 Block of E. College Ave., closed from 5p-8p
The First Block of N. Broad St., closed from 4p-8p
First Block of S. Penn St., closed from 3:30p-9p
100 Block of N. Pine St., 5p-8p