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The National Night Out program is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. It is designed to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.
“National Night Out lets members of our community interact with officers on a personal level in a fun environment,” Greer Police Chief Matt Hamby said. “We used to have several smaller events in different neighborhoods around the city, but holding it in Greer City Park allows us to bring all of our resources to one location and have many more activities.”
The 2019 celebration marks the fourth year National Night Out will be held at Greer City Park. The event, which runs from 6-8 p.m., will include games, face painting, giveaways, and information booths for all ages. Members of multiple city departments will staff booths with giveaways for all ages and police officers will be grilling free hot dogs for visitors.
“Our celebration has grown larger every year,” Sgt. Jeff Smith said. “Having National Night Out at the park provides an opportunity to bring neighborhoods and communities together. It’s a true community-wide even and one of our largest community outreach events.”
The first National Night Out was held in 1984 with more than 2.5 million neighbors across 400 communities in 23 states. More than 16,000 communities now participate in the program, including those in 77 South Carolina cities.