For the first time ever, the Dagsboro community will get to enjoy the National Night Out.
According to the event’s website, National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. The event centers around enhancing the relationship between neighbors and law-enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.
It is meant to provide a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Nationally, there are millions of people who take part in the National Night Out event across thousands of communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events, featuring safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.
Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey said he had been interested in hosting the event for a couple years and was approached by the Dagsboro Business Association (DBA) about joining forces to get the festivities off the ground.
The inaugural Dagsboro event will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company, located at 28331 Clayton Street. The event is free for all who attend. This will be the 35th anniversary of the national event.
“This is the first time we’ve ever done this,” Toomey said. “DBA contacted us and said they were interested in supporting and promoting the National Night Out, and we went from there. We are trying to promote units that haven’t normally been seen, to help the public to better understand what each of these units do.”
In addition to the Dagsboro Police Department — which will have Eddie Eagle there, as well as their Bike Patrol Unit, and the department’s ATV — the Delaware State Police and Selbyville Police Department will be in attendance.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) will also be on site with their display trailer, showcasing their programs and enforcement abilities.
The Delaware Army National Guard will have their recruitment vehicle at the event to highlight their Military Police.
Music will be provided by local D.J. Brian Cahall, and hot dogs will be cooking on the grill manned by Dagsboro Boy Scouts, available for purchase to support the group. Besides the free food and music, there will also be games, door prizes and more fun for the whole family.
According to the event’s Facebook page, the Dagsboro event will also feature community and town leaders, and organizers are encouraging everyone to come out to “be a part of making your town a safe and welcoming place to live.”
By Jason Feather