Dover’s Night Out a fun time with the police

DOVER — The Dover Police Department hopes to continue to form a positive relationship with the community through its National Night Out Tuesday.

The annual event brings the Dover Police Department, along with several emergency agencies and military personnel, to one place where people can bring their families to meet and greet local heroes.

Hundreds are expected to attend this year's National Night Out in Dover on Tuesday.

Hundreds are expected to attend this year’s National Night Out in Dover on Tuesday.

It returns to Target at 148 John Hunn Brown Road from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Most times when people have interaction with a first responder it is because something bad has happened,” Cpl. Mark Hoffman said. “This is a way for people to meet the men and women behind the uniforms and get an up-close look at the equipment and vehicles they use.

“They can climb in and out of our vehicles, try on some of the gear, look at the Delaware State Police helicopter, meet the pilots and participate in some free activities as well,” he said.

“This event helps to build and grow a strong relationship with our community and enables people to understand a lot of the reasons why we do certain things.”

Some of the activities will include the inflatable fun zone by BK Rentals, Dunking the Shake It Off Cop (Officer Jeff Davis) and K9 demonstrations.

Eagle 97.7 will provide a live radio broadcast as well. Dover Air Force Base personnel will take part, along with Dover, Little Creek and Leipsic fire companies and the Delaware Army National Guard, among others.

Dover Police said there will be food and drinks available while supplies last.

WSFS Bank and the Dover Police Department will partner to bring a new addition this year called the “shred event.”

People are invited to bring personal documents to be shredded from 4 to 8 p.m.

Dover Police will be on hand to distribute ID theft information and prevention information.

“WSFS approached the Dover Police Department about partnering in community outreach programs in the Dover area,” Cpl. Hoffman said. “We both saw National Night Out as a great opportunity to accomplish that.

“They have expressed interest in partnering in future endeavors as well, and we look forward to growing our partnership.”

The event has averaged about 1,000 attendees each year.

“In 2014, we saw approximately 2,000 people attend,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

“We attribute that success to the use of social media for advertising the event and a growth in sponsor and donors for the event.”

Cpl. Hoffman said the officers enjoy the event.

“Being a police officer, we tend to see people on their worst day,” Cpl. Hoffman said. “When people have a car accident, get a ticket, have something taken, or are assaulted — we respond.

“We see people when they’re hurt, upset or angry. This allows us to interact with the public in a completely different setting and allows us to show the human side of law enforcement.”

 

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