By Theresa Bratcher
Posey County residents are invited to join the over 37 million neighbors across 15,000 communities in celebration of the 30th annual National Night Out, scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, August 6, 2013.
National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event in the US, held the first Tuesday of August. The event has been held annually since 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada.
The event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts.
Posey County’s first National Night Out was organized by Sheriff Greg Oeth and the event has been held in at the town park in Cynthiana since it’s inception. Oeth shares, “My police career has been predominately centered in Posey County and I have driven past that park many, many times. When the time came to choose a spot, I couldn’t think of a better place to host this event. In my mind, it will always be held there.”
This will be the third NNO event for the town of Cynthiana. Oeth reports that last year between 150-200 people attended the ‘picnic style’ event, not including members from several area police departments, council members, fire departments, Posey County Prosecutor Travis Clowers, Senator Tomes and EMTs that attended. Oeth gives a big shout out to Patty Wilson who has gotten on board the last two years and basically organized the whole event. He laughingly shares how all he has to do is walk out of Sam’s with a whole lot of hamburger patties and hot dogs, she does the rest.
The event not only gives Cynthiana Town Marshall Andy Porth the opportunity to spend time with the people, it also gives the various civil departments the chance to hand out information on areas such as domestic violence, the identification of drugs, and identity theft. “This is not a campaign event in any way, it just give us an opportunity to pause, get to know people,” states Oeth. “To learn about some of the issues they have that maybe are not big enough to have reported or they just haven’t had time to do that, maybe dispel a myth or two about police, about how and why we do some things a certain way, and it gives the kids the chance to get up-close to some of the equipment.”
Grilled burgers and hot dogs, chips, roasted corn on the cob, watermelon, cantelope and drinks will be furnished. For the kids there will be snow cones and cotton candy, face painting local clown, SPOTTER will be there from 5 – 7 p.m.
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