A Night for Public Safety

Tonight is National Night Out, an event that draws attention to crime prevention across the country and focuses on community connections among police, fire departments and citizens.

Courtesy of Howard County Police Department

This year marks the 35th year that communities in the U.S. have dedicated a night to crime prevention efforts.

In our area, a number of community events will be held:

Baltimore City — Baltimore City School Police and the Goodnow Community Center are hosting a party from 6 to 9 p.m. at the community center, located at 5311 Goodnow Road.

Residents are invited to come to enjoy free food, music, free backpacks, basketball, dance competitions, student giveaways, exhibits and other outdoor activities. Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore City Police Department, Downtown Locker Room, Regional Management, Baltimore City Fire Department, Mission Barbecue, Pat’s Pizza and Johns Hopkins Hospital have collaborated for tonight’s event.

Baltimore County — Wilkens, Woodlawn, Franklin, Towson, Cockeysville, Parkville, White Marsh, Essex and North Point police precincts will host events in conjunction with a number of community groups. For the best information about activities near you, follow Official Baltimore County Fire & Police on Facebook.

Howard County — Howard County Police will hold a kick-off in Maple Lawn at 6 p.m. The event will include live music, kid-friendly activities, corn hole and other games, as well as McGruff the Crime Dog. More than two dozen neighborhood block parties will be hosted throughout the county and patrol officers, K-9 units and a SWAT vehicle from the police department, Howard County Sheriff’s Office and Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services will stop in to meet residents. For more information, visit hcpd.org.

Staying home tonight? Turn on your porch light in support of crime prevention.

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