Night Out to focus on child safety

July 20, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The public is invited to attend National Night Out next month in Hagerstown to learn more about child safety and forging relationships between the community and police.

The event was held last year in the Jonathan Street area and drew more than 300 people, said Carolyn Brooks, coordinator of the Collaborative Supervision And Focused Enforcement (C-SAFE) program for Washington County.

C-SAFE is associated with the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention.

This year, Brooks said organizers decided to hold National Night Out at Fairgrounds Park to accommodate more people.

"We thought the environment of the park would be more relaxed," she said.

The event will be Aug. 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Rapper Sterlin Barr will perform his anti-crime message, and officers from the Hagerstown Police Department will give lectures on bicycle safety and other topics, Brooks said.

"The police have been very supportive," she said. "We want to make sure kids know about safety."


A march also will be held, Brooks said.

Children who attend 10 presentations at a public-safety fair during National Night Out will be invited to a free swim from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at the Memorial Recreation Center, Brooks said.

Free hot dogs, chips and drinks will be offered, she said. Organizers will accept donations.

To learn more about National Night Out, send an e-mail to Carolyn Brooks at

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