Cities join to present National Night Out events Aug. 5

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Aug. 5 is the date for National Night Out events, aimed at giving safety forces and residents of all ages a chance to interact.

National Night Out, also dubbed "America's Night Out Against Crime," is an initiative of the National Association of Town Watch and started in 1984. It takes place the first Tuesday in August.

Its purpose, according to the NATW's website, is "to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back."

The Munroe Falls, Cuyahoga Falls and Tallmadge police departments will mark National Night Out at the Virginia O'Casek Party Center at the Summit County Fairgrounds in Tallmadge Aug. 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Attendees should enter the fairgrounds from the Howe Road entrance. The event is free.

Target is a sponsor and will assist in supplying food and prizes. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies and soda will be served.

Western Reserve Hospital is also a sponsor of the event planned by the three departments and McDonald's will be donating prizes.

There will be exhibits on safety and crime prevention, and a sexual assault victim advocate will be on hand to provide information. Summit Metro Park rangers and representatives from the Ohio Search and Rescue Team are also expected.

Vehicles from the Ohio Highway Patrol, the fire departments of all three cities and the Cuyahoga Falls SWAT van will be on site. The fire departments will provide free blood pressure checks and information about alarm systems.

Cuyahoga Falls and Tallmadge police K-9 units are expected to provide demonstrations, but organizers say that Munroe Falls police K-9 Badger will be unavailable that night.

There will be games and Ronald McDonald is scheduled to be present.

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