National Night Out builds community

Friday, August 10, 2018
Emergency vehicles from many different agencies set up shop in Rock Creek Park on Tuesday to mark the city’s first observation of National Night Out, a community relations event for law enforcement and emergency responders that has been celebrated for 35 years.
Tribune photo by Scott Pearson

There were so many emergency vehicles at Rock Creek Park on Tuesday night, several passers-by stopped to ask what was going on, figuring some serious disaster had happened.

Far from an incident, the evening was designed as an opportunity for outreach between law enforcement and emergency responders to the communities that they serve.

For the first year observing the National Night Out event this past Tuesday, the Lewisburg Police Department pulled out all the stops.

LPD Training Sergeant James Johnson said that some 20 different agencies had sent representatives for the evening, ranging from the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s newest helicopter to a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s boat and the Tennessee National Guard’s snow cone machine.

Families strolled along the park, getting a chance to explore the equipment used by various agencies and watching demonstrations of the department’s K9 officers training.

National Night Out has been observed on the first Tuesday of August for the past 35 years.

The event is designed to improve community relations and outreach by giving the public and law enforcement a chance to interact with one another.

All of the county’s police departments participated, as well as the Sheriff’s Office, along with Lewisburg Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, and the Office of Emergency Management.

Johnson emphasized the department’s appreciation for their sponsors: Pepsi, Sundrop, Sonic, and Lyons, for helping make the event happen.