It was planned long before the recent events that have affected police departments and communities across the nation, but Merriam police will take a new approach to the “National Night Out Against Crime” next week.
In Merriam, the National Night Out on Aug. 2 will spread across three of the city’s parks where police officers will be serving hot dogs, drinks and chips. They also will be answering questions and talking to citizens about the department, the city and public safety issues.
National Night Out is an annual community-building event that promotes strengthening the relationships between police and the community. People in thousands of communities across the United States participate each year, including cities in NEJC.
Merriam Police Chief Mike Daniels said the new approach to National Night Out was planned several weeks ago, long before the shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge and other events that have affected police and community relations in some cities. Police departments across NEJC have seen an outpouring of support in recent days.
Merriam has done National Night Out in different ways over the years, but wanted to try for more attendance.
This year’s locations in Merriam include Brown Memorial Park (5040 Booker), Vavra Park (6040 Slater), and Chatlain Park (6300 Carter). The event will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at each location.