National Night Out will be hosted by the Winchester Police Department (WPD) on August 6, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the Loudoun Street Mall near the 1840 Court House. The nationwide event, now in its 36th year, is a “community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live,” according to the National Association of Town Watch.
“Unfortunately, last year’s event was rained out, so we are excited for the opportunity to spend time with our community members in the fun and casual environment National Night Out provides,” stated Melodie Repass, the WPD’s Crime Analyst and event co-organizer.
Community members are invited to meet and interact with Winchester Police officers as well as community partners and crime prevention groups such as the Winchester City Sheriff’s Office and Winchester Fire and Rescue. The WPD Bike Team, SWAT team, and Volunteers in Policing will provide educational demonstrations and services for neighborhood and child safety.
Attendees will enjoy free food, live music, and children’s activities and are encouraged to bring folding chairs to the event. Metered parking in the downtown area is free after 6 p.m.