Neighborhoods throughout Columbus are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 35th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event.
Deputy Chief Tom Quinlan understands the importance of National Night Out here locally.
“We have ideas and goals of what we would like to accomplish but if they’re not aligned with the public then we’re failing,” said Quinlan.
More than 150 community events are planned throughout the Columbus area including live music, porch light vigils, cookouts and kid-friendly activities. Citizens are encouraged to contact their local Block watch leaders or community liaison officer to find events in their communities.
“We have to be able to have conversations and dialog with them, and partnerships with them to know what it is they want from us so we can provide the service they’re expecting,” said Quinlan.
Deputy Chief Quinlan said every National Night Out he’s been a part of there’s one thing he truly looks forward to.
“To have that opportunity to have a positive interaction with a young person high school or younger that really makes a difference,” said Quinlan. “You really see them non-judgmental and just open to making a new partnership or friend with a police and that’s always a win for us.”
Columbus Police officers will be participating in the annual event which will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, from 5pm until 9pm