National Night Out to bring residents, law enforcement together Tuesday night

By ALLEN MINCEY Staff Writer
Posted 9/25/17

On Tuesday night, local residents will get the opportunity to learn more about law enforcement and other agencies in Cleveland and Bradley County, and have a little fun as well, during the …

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National Night Out to bring residents, law enforcement together Tuesday night

HUNDREDS OF RESIDENTS flocked to last year’s National Night Out, where they learned about law enforcement and other emergency response teams, had games for kids, and were served hot dogs and other food by members of the Cleveland Police Department and Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
HUNDREDS OF RESIDENTS flocked to last year’s National Night Out, where they learned about law enforcement and other emergency response teams, had games for kids, and were served hot dogs and other food by members of the Cleveland Police Department and Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
Photo courtesy Cleveland Police Department
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On Tuesday night, local residents will get the opportunity to learn more about law enforcement and other agencies in Cleveland and Bradley County, and have a little fun as well, during the National Night Out at Bradley Square Mall.

The event begins at 5 p.m., and will be in the parking lot at Bradley Square Mall between Belk and Dunham Sports.

The Cleveland Police Department and Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will have officers at the mall, along with the Cleveland Fire Department, Life Force medical helicopter, the Bradley County Health Department, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Target. A special guest organization will be the Safety Initiative for Bicyclists and Pedestrians from the Collegedale Police Department.

Life Force will be landing at 6 p.m. for a display, the Cleveland Fire Department will have an engine and the smoke trailer for kids to learn fire safety, and the TWRA will have the wild animal display and inflatable archery demo.

The BCSO will have the command post, display vehicles and handgun safety information, while the CPD will have the bomb unit, K9 unit, safety display and fingerprint cards for kids.

The Safety Initiative for Bicyclists and Pedestrians will bring its bicycle course to teach young riders how to safely ride and make sure these cyclists know how to fit their helmets.

There will be lots of games for children, including a bounce house for the kids courtesy of Jump4Joy, the health department and Target, which is a national sponsor for National Night Out.

The event is not just for children, however, as there will be information on Neighborhood Watch, reducing crime and home safety.

The health department will also have free car seat checks.

There will also be food served at the event. There will be hot dogs, drinks, chips, popcorn and desserts, with Santa Fe manning the grill.

Food will start being served at 5:30 p.m., and each family will receive gift bags until they are gone.

As they did last year, the Cleveland Police Department and Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will have what has become an annual doughnut eating competition, with the first officer to finish 12 donuts winning the trophy for his or her department.

Organizers hope the event will serve to increase interaction and cooperation between law enforcement, other first responders, and community agencies, and all agencies involved would like to see many people attend the special event.

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