By Linda Carl, Snohomish County Executive Office.
The annual free event features on-site emergency vehicles and booths with safety tips and information. Visitors can learn how local law enforcement agencies are working to reduce crime and protect families, and can get tips to increase personal and public safety.
National Night Out is sponsored each year by the Snohomish County Executive Office in partnership with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, the Snohomish County Parks & Rec Department, local police departments, and area nonprofits.
“It’s so important to get to know your neighbors,” said County Executive John Lovick. “National Night Out gives residents a chance to meet new friends, gather safety tips, and familiarize themselves with our first responders. Not only is it a lot of fun, it also brings our community together and gives families information to stay connected and safe.”
Families can learn about public safety by visiting booths hosted by the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, Emergency 911, and public safety communications and dispatch agencies SNOCOM and SNOPAC. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Mill Creek Police Department, and Fire Districts 1 and 7 will have emergency vehicles and personnel on-site with crime-prevention information. Many nonprofits, such as United Way, Domestic Violence Services, and Victim Support Services, will also have booths and will provide handouts and information.
“National Night Out is a great opportunity to stay connected to what’s going on in your neighborhood, and that can help prevent crime and make communities safer,” said Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary. “It also gives law enforcement the opportunity to work more closely with the people we serve.”
The event features kids’ games and activities, including two inflatable bounce houses, and free hot dogs, sno-cones and corn-on-the-cob for families and other visitors. Jétte and the Resonators will provide live music for the event.
Willis Tucker Community Park is located at 6705 Puget Park Drive in Snohomish. For more information, contact Linda Carl at Linda.Carl@snoco.org or 425-388-3643.