National Night Out 2017

Residents gather at a National Night Out event in 2016 in Dennis Port

Residents gather at a National Night Out event in 2016 in Dennis Port

Today, it involves more than 16,250 communities and 38.1 million people around the world.

These events happen every year all over the country and in Meriden, police are expecting thousands of people to come out.

Local law enforcement agencies host events with neighborhood watch or homeowner groups in an effort to bring officers together with the residents they protect.

Even private residences are getting into the spirit, with activities planned at Sunset Terrace Apartments, 5619 Byrd Ave.

The event will also include a "Dunk-a-Cop" dunk tank and activities for children, including face painting, along with free food, beverages and ice cream.

Tuesday night thousands of neighbors will gather to catch-up, enjoy games, and get to know their police officers across the city.

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5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

DeKalb's National Night Out events will be held at the Target parking lot starting at 4 p.m.

The Agawam Police Department is holding a free National Night Out event that begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at School Street Park.

They will also be at Dutterer's Park from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Carroll Lutheran Village's Garden of Memories from 7 to 8 p.m.

The Central Berks Regional Police Department will host its annual event from 6 p.m. until 9 the A-Field on Byram Street, between High and Prospect streets, in Lower Alsace Township.

The event is free for businesses and citizens. "It's a great night to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie".

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Though Roanoke City hasn't had major issues between law enforcement and residents, some still believe more can be done to break down strained relationship between minorities and police.

National Night Out is created to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs.

Kessler Park, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Horsham Township - Horsham Municipal Complex at 1025 Horsham Road - 6 to 9 p.m.

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