National Night Out celebrates better communities, crime prevention

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GAHANNA, OH (WCMH) — Neighborhoods across Central Ohio are hosting events that get community members out of the house and building relationships. National night out is an event that brings the community and its Police Department together. It’s a community bonding event that’s been going on since 1984.

Gahanna Police are taking part in this year’s National Night Out. Their community has seen a lot of change over the years. With more young families moving into the neighborhood, Gahanna police want to take the time out to get to know the people they serve.

“These events are extremely important.  Instead of use showing up at a call at someone’s house or traffic crash where emotions are high, this is an opportunity for people to come up and see us,” said Lt. Sheila Murphy.

That department stopped holding the nationwide community event after budget cuts were made to the department. Through fundraising and community partnerships, police were able to bring it back.

“We are very fortunate here in Creekside here and and Gahanna,” said Stan Riley, Owner of Barrel and Boar Creekside.

Barrel and Boar Creekside is one of the many community businesses partnering with the department for National Night Out. As a business owner and community member, he says there is always room to strengthen community relationships.

“The police department is very much involved and very responsive. They help us with anything we have and it really makes it a real pleasure to do business here,” said Riley.

“We get to meet citizens and their kids and they get to see a different side of the police department,” said Murphy.

Here are a few of many celebrations happening around town:

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