Police in Charleston, North Charleston and Mount Pleasant invite the public to join them Tuesday for National Night Out, an annual event meant to build stronger relationships between police and the communities they serve.
National Night Out is held every Aug. 2 by law enforcement agencies across the country and was first established 33 years ago, according to the North Charleston Police Department, which will hold its event at 6 p.m. in Park Circle. Also joining police will be the North Charleston Fire Department, Charleston County Aviation Authority and the Medical University of South Carolina Public Safety, which plan a pedestrian safety presentation.
The event will begin with a walk around Park Circle, which will be closed to traffic from 6-7 p.m., the department said. There will be face painting, jump castles, bicycle give-a-ways, food and drinks.
The Mount Pleasant Police Department will hold its event 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the parking lot of the Target at 1300 Long Grove Drive.
“We encourage everyone to stop by and meet some of the officers that patrol their community,” said Inspector Chip Googe, a spokesman for the department, in a statement.
Mount Pleasant police plan to have displays from several bureaus such as K-9, bike team, SWAT and patrol in addition to a bicycle raffle, snow cones, a jump castle, dunk tank, pizza and other offerings.
The Mount Pleasant Fire Department also plans to attend and demonstrate lifesaving skills, and Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch will have a booth to talk about the Smart911 system, which links phone numbers and addresses to pre-made safety profiles on households and individuals.
Charleston police will hold several neighborhood events rather than at a centralized location.
The Charleston Police Department’s Community Action Team 1 will hold National Night Out events at the following locations:
• 1:30-2:30 p.m. at North Central Apartments, 1054 King St.
• 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Bridgeview Apartments, 108 N. Romney St.
• 5-6 p.m. at Rutledge Place Apartments, 554 Rutledge Ave.
• 6-7 p.m. at Sea Island Place Apartments, 3672 Maybank Highway
• 7-8:30 p.m. at Johns Island Rural Housing Crime Watch, 3628 Maybank Highway
Team 4 will hold events at the following locations:
• 11am-noon at Grand Oak Apartments, 1830 Magwood Drive
• noon-1 p.m. at Grand View Apartments, 1850 Magwood Drive
• 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Shady Grove Apartments, 1725 Savage Road
• 5:15-6 p.m. at Shires Apartments, 1020 Little John Drive
• 6-7:30 p.m. at Orange Grove School, 1225 Orange Branch Road for the Sandhurst, Parkshore, Northbridge and adjacent neighborhoods
Team 5 will hold an event 4-5:30 p.m. at Seven Farm Apartments on Daniel Island, 305 Seven Farms Drive.
“By having events in their neighborhoods, it’s more meaningful,” said Charleston Police Sgt. Trevor Shelor.
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