Children in the Belington area are invited to the third annual National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the City Park in Belington. Patrolman 1st Class Josh Himes said all kids are invited to the event.
"We will be serving refreshments and drinks," Himes said. "There will be plenty of games and activities for everyone."
Himes said the purpose of the event is for kids in the area to meet and get to know the local policemen.
"We want to develop a rapport with local youngsters and let they know who we are," Himes said. "We want kids to know what we do and that they can come and talk with us if they need help."
Last year, the National Night Out involved 37.5 million people in 15,704 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. National Night Out 2013 marks the 30th anniversary and is expected to be the largest ever.
Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, visits from local officials and law enforcement, safety fairs and youth events.
National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, "This is a night for America to stand together and promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight for a safer nation. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us and 'give crime a going-away party.'"