Police want residents to send a message to criminals: “Communities are banding together to fight crime.”
So on Tuesday, Aug. 7, Howard County Police are asking residents to turn on their front lights and spend an hour outside on their porches and lawns.
It’s all part of National Night Out, a yearly event in which police encourage neighborhoods to show support for law enforcement.
“Community participation is essential in fighting crime,” Howard County Police Chief William McMahon said in a statement. “National Night out may last for only one evening, put the partnership between Howard County residents and our officers is an ongoing effort.”
More than 30 neighborhood events are planned throughout Howard County for Tuesday evening, including:
- Dunloggin/South Chatham Pot Luck party, 3910 Chatham Road, 7 – 9 p.m.
- Centennial one-mile fun run, 10114 Colonial Drive, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.
- Orchards of Plum Tree block party, 3552 Plum Tree, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
- Woodland Park block party, across from 8125 Old Stockbridge Drive, 6 – 8 p.m.
Police and auxiliary officers will be visiting block parties, bringing along K9 units, a SWAT vehicle and other resources to share with the community.
The kick-off event will be at the North Laurel Community center where McGruff the Crime Dog, the police helicopter and the new mounted unit join residents for a free concert, refreshments, a skate park demo and giveaways.
Visit the Howard County Police Department website for a full list of events throughout the county.