More than 22 community organizations gather at an Opelika church 5 p.m. Tuesday to celebrate a national event meant to promote “police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie,” according to a release.
The public is encouraged to join the National Night Out 2015 celebration scheduled to begin at the Antioch Baptist Church at 605 We Morton Ave. The annual event was designed to “enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community,” according to the National Association of Town Watch’s website.
Opelika Police Capt. Shane Healey said the event will draw in local churches, East Alabama Medical Center, East Alabama Mental Health, Opelika Police Department, Opelika Fire Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and more.
The festivities will kick off with a short rally and lead into a march from the church to Covington Recreation Center at 213 Carver Ave., according to the release. The event offers hotdogs, hamburgers, cold drinks, games prizes, large inflatable toys, music, dancing and more.
During National Night Out 2015, local crime victims will have an opportunity to meet with residents to share their experiences and talk about family members who have been victimized.
Attendees will have chance to look at the Opelika Police Department’s cars and speak with its DARE and patrol officers, who will be giving away items. Residents will also get a chance to check out a local rescue truck and learn CPR from trained paramedics.
Plenty of information concerning victim services will be available, according to the release.
“We, as a community, are in this together and we all represent the city of Opelika,” Healey said. “So please come out and join your city in becoming one.”