The Franklin County, Pa., communities of Waynesboro and Greencastle hosted their first National Night Out events in years on Tuesday.
McGruff the Crime Dog made an appearance in both towns as their police departments tried to foster relationships with children and other residents. National Night Out is designed to help people develop connections with officers and generate support for anti-crime efforts.
In Greencastle, officer Eric Kamoie volunteered to sit under water balloons rigged to a system in which they'd burst if a ball hit a target. Children -- and a few adults who were teasing Kamoie -- submitted $1 for three balls to throw at the target. The donations will be used to make safety improvements at Jerome R. King Playground.
Greencastle also featured a junior detectives contest, medication take-back, Tastykakes giveaway and seeing-eye dogs.
"I think it's a good way to interact with our community," Greencastle Police Chief John Phillippy said.