National Night Out set for Aug. 5

<p>Seaside Police Chief Bob Gross</p>

Free food, prizes and the chance to talk to local law enforcement officers about crime prevention, health and safety in Seaside are planned during National Night Out.

The 31st National Night Out will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5 at Broadway and Cartwright parks.

“This is your chance to talk with an officer, ask questions and find out what’s going on in your community,” said Seaside Police Chief Bob Gross.

National Night Out is a joint effort between law enforcement and local communities to promote “a police community partnership; crime, drug and violence prevention; safety; and neighborhood unity,” according to Gross. More than 15,000 communities and 37 million people across the country are expected to participate in the event this year.

This will be the ninth year Seaside has participated in National Night Out.

The Rotary Club of Seaside and the Kiwanis Club of Seaside will provide free hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks. Children’s games and prizes will be sponsored by the Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District. Dessert and several prizes will be provided by the Seaside Chamber of Commerce.

Individuals and families will have the opportunity to talk with officers about crime prevention or particular issues, such as drug activity, identity theft, speeding traffic or other topics.

Other community groups, such as The Harbor, of Astoria, will share material and information about health and safety. Seaside Fire & Rescue volunteers and staff members also will attend.

The officers hope to show those attending the event the importance of getting to know their neighbors and watching out for one another, Gross said.

“This is about sharing information, and it’s also about neighbors talking with one another,” he said, adding that, while the event is billed as being focused on crime, drugs, violence and safety, it’s more about celebrating and educating the entire community.

The event in Seaside usually is attended by about 250 between both locations.

For more information about National Night Out, visit http://natw.org/ or the National Night Out Facebook page.

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