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National Night Out due at Beaverton City Park on Aug. 2

In addition to free food and drinks, learn about local police, fire and more

Who among us couldn't use a night out?

So why not all of us? On National Night Out, set for 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Beaverton City Park fountain across from the Beaverton City Library.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

"Preventing and solving crime is a community effort," said Atlanta Police Chief George Turner on the National Night Out website. "National Night Out is an excellent program that helps the department build relationships with citizens and create safer neighborhoods."

"The best way to prevent crime is to know your neighbors and your surroundings," added former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, also from the the National Night Out website. "National Night Out triumphs over a culture that isolates us from each other and allows us to rediscover our own communities."

This year's event at Beaverton City Park will feature a police K-9 demonstration as well as free food, games and prizes, fire trucks, police cars, ambulances and much more. The event will be sponsored by the Beaverton Police Department and the National Association of Town Watch.

According to the city of Beaverton website, National Night Out is designed to:

• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness

• Generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts

• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community relations

• Send a message to criminals, letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

“It’s events such as these partnerships that foster a decreasing crime rate which we currently enjoy in Beaverton,” said former Beaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding.

This year's annual police-community partnership event is expected to involve over 10,000 communities from all 50 states. In all, over 34 million people are expected to participate.