All Barry County residents are invited to the first Night Out celebration in Hastings at Tyden Park on Aug 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Hastings police, area law enforcement and emergency services will be there to meet and greet the public with free food, prizes, games, a dunk tank, a free raffle and a bounce house.
It’s all to recognize and build on the police-community partnership, and let the people get to know firefighters and police, deputies and troopers and EMTs, Barry Central Disatch 911, and ambulance personnel who protect and serve the community.
Deputy Chief Dale Boulter is given credit for the original idea. Planning for the event started in February by a committee made up of Boulter, Officer Kendra Backing and Sgt. Kris Miller, Secretary Anne Lockman and Chief Jeff Pratt.
On the national level, the event is always held the first Tuesday in August, and promotes police-community relationships, giving the community a chance to see law enforcement in a relaxed setting, while promoting a sense of community, positive public relations, safety and trust.
Backing, who has experience in 10 such events, said the Night Out activities sends the message that the Hastings Police Department really wants to provide and maintain a quality of life for citizens.
Boulter said county’s emergency services will have displays of their equipment and demonstrations of what they do. Other community outreach organizations that provide resources for residents, like the Barry County United Way and Green Gables will also be there.