National Night Out promotes safety

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Vanderbilt LifeFlight lands at last year’s National Night Out event at H.V. Griffin Park. A variety of emergency response vehicles will be on display at this year’s event, which takes place tonight. Kids can get a first-hand look at fire trucks and other vehicles.
T-G File Photo by John I. Carney

National Night Out, an event to help build relationships between the public and law enforcement and other emergency service agencies, will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 tonight at H.V. Griffin Park.

All city and county emergency service agencies, along with Tennessee Highway Patrol other agencies such as United Way or animal control, will participate, and there will be activities and giveaways (such as plastic fire helmets or safety-themed coloring books) for children. Parents can have their children fingerprinted as part of child identification kits which could come in handy in the case of an abduction or custody dispute.

Vanderbilt LifeFlight is scheduled to make an appearance, unless it is called away due to an emergency.

Det. Carol Jean of Shelbyville Police Department shakes hands with a K-9 officer.
T-G File Photo by John I. Carney

Events merge

This year, the almost-identical National Night Out and United Way Child Safety Day events have been merged into one, and United Way will not be holding its separate event in October.

As the name implies, National Night Out is observed in communities across the U.S., primarily on the first Tuesday in August. (Texas observes the event in October.) It's coordinated by the National Association of Town Watch, The program began in 1984. According to the NATW website, Today, 38 million people in 16,000 communities across the nation take part in National Night Out.