Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune
Residents filled the back parking lot of the police station last year to participate in the National Night Out.
Oberlin police are hosting National Night Out from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at their station parking lot.
The event focuses on bringing residents and officers together and raising the awareness of crime, drug and violence prevention efforts, and improving the bond between the community and department.
It is the Oberlin police department’s sixth year taking part in the event.
The National Association of Town Watch started the program in 1984 to promote crime prevention in communities across the country. Now 38 million people take part in more than 16,000 communities.
Oberlin police Lt. Michael McCloskey said the event is an informal setting for residents to talk with officers and ask questions about crime prevention and the operations.
“I think it’s a good opportunity for the community to get together with the department,” he said.
Residents are encouraged to turn on their porch lights that night to show support for police and take a stance against crime.
The night out will consist of a cookout, safety information, face-painting, children’s activities, coloring contest, and a close-up look at an Oberlin fire truck.
Residents will also have the opportunity to meet Oberlin’s officers, firefighters, and new police chief Juan Torres.
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.