Information and education will abound at the city of Brookfield's 16th annual National Night Out.
National Night Out will take place Aug. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Civic Plaza. Residents from all areas and all ages are encouraged to attend Brookfield's edition of the national program launched in 1984.
"National Night Out is a way to strengthen neighborhood spirit and show support for your local police department," said Denise Carroll, Brookfield Police Department community services officer. "It sends a message to criminals to let them know that communities are organized and ready to fight crime."
National Night Out will provide citizens with educational opportunities to learn about a multitude of things concerning law enforcement such as safety and crime prevention tips, disaster preparedness, identity theft protection, Internet safety, drug abuse prevention and much more.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for communities to gather together and for citizens to learn about their local police and fire departments," Carroll said.
Information put forth by local police and fire departments at National Night Out often depends on what issues or problems have been prominent in the community of late.
"It depends on what stories are in the news or what issues we've been getting a lot of calls about," Carroll said. "We've had a lot of people call about scams and fraudulent phone calls, so we'll definitely have information for our citizens on that. It's just a learning experience to make the whole community safer."
In addition to the oodles of information available, National Night Out will also offer some fun in the form of games for children, self-defense demonstrations and an animal safety booth courtesy of the Elmbrook Humane Society.
"National Night Out is a great educational event, but it's also a great family event," Carroll said.
The city of Brookfield first started National Night Out in 1999. Carroll estimated that the event usually draws up to 3,000 people per year. She noted the event has certainly grown throughout its teenage life span with booths stretching throughout the Civic Plaza and into the fire department's apparatus bay.
"We're very pleased that so many citizens in our community participate in this event," Carroll said. "We really look forward to it every year."
At the conclusion of National Night Out, citizens and law enforcement officials alike will join together for a Flashlight Walk Against Crime to demonstrate the community's united fight against crime.
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