On the first Tuesday of August every year since 1984, communities and neighborhoods nationwide come together for the National Night Out
. This year, the Sheriff Community Oriented Policing Effort (S.C.O.P.E)
and Community Oriented Policing Efforts (C.O.P.S)
are joining together and encouraging Spokane citizens to participate in the event.
The National Night Out is an event that seeks to promote police and community partnerships, as well as neighborhood camaraderie in order to make neighborhoods safer and better places to live. National Night Out also seeks to inform citizens about different police services, such as drug prevention, neighborhood watch and town watch. Simone Ramel-McKay, the Neighborhood Watch coordinator and S.C.O.P.E. program assistant in Spokane, says the point of National Night Out is to deter crime, officially, but also inform the public about emergency preparedness.
In Spokane, community members are partaking in the National Night Out by throwing block parties and hosting group discussions. Ramel-McKay says she put together a list of the events and reached out to local law enforcement and government officials so they can visit the parties and engage with the community.
S.C.O.P.E is hosting four parties of their own that are open to the public if they are interested in participating in this year's National Night Out.
National Night Out events Tuesday night:
5-7 pm • They will be hosting a barbecue • 522 S. Theirman • 477-6345
5-7 pm • They will be offering ice cream • 10621 E 15th • 477-2582
6-9 pm • They will be offering ice cream • ELK Fire Station, 40116 N Elk Camden Rd • 292-0188
SCOPE on Fairchild A.F.B.
4:30-7 pm • Barbeque, potluck, cake, ice cream, concessions • AFAFB, at Miller Park, on Castle Street and Offutt Parkway, 247-2077 • Note: you must have military identification to get on base