Seaside celebrated the 34th annual National Night Out Tuesday as residents and police officers shared burgers and conversation at Cartwright Park.
“It’s a national push to have a night out and meet your neighbors and have a barbecue,” Police Chief Dave Ham said at the event. “It’s a great time to get out and socialize with your neighbors, and meet up with your police department.”
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships, held the first Tuesday in August.
The national event, celebrating its 34th year, came to Seaside about 12 years ago, Ham said, with the goal of offering a “nonchalant atmosphere” and an opportunity to meet members of the police department. The event alternates locations between Broadway Park and Cartwright Park.
Ham credited the Kiwanis Club and Rotary for providing food and supplies, and the city’s Park and Recreation Department for games and prizes.
Officer Matthew Brown enjoyed his first National Night Out as a Seaside police officer. Originally from Wallowa, Brown joined the department in December.
“I like it,” Brown said. “It’s good to see the community show their support for law enforcement.”
One goal of National Night Out is to offer the public an opportunity to share concerns with local law enforcement.
“Hopefully we can help, depending on what it is,” Brown said. “It might not be an issue to everybody, but it’s an issue to them.”
Has anyone come up with a question or problem?
“Not yet,” Brown said. “Just a lot of ‘thank-yous’ and people being appreciative.”