National Night Out Highlights Prevention

The Tri-Town will host its inaugural National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 6, 5:00 pm at Old Rochester Regional High School.

Though National Night Out focuses on crime and drug prevention, it does so with an emphasis on community policing, presenting an opportunity for residents and first responders to meet, discuss and build camaraderie. While most small towns are unable to hold National Night Out events because of personnel demands at any given time, Marion Police Department Public Information Officer Karen Ballinger said this edition is emblematic of the cooperation typically enjoyed by Tri-Town departments.

“We work together so cohesively in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester, that it only made sense to get everyone together to meet each other,” Ballinger said. “Our main goal is to get residents and EMS, Police and Fire acquainted not just professionally, but in a friendly way, too. We’re able to do that because of the three communities coming together.”

The Marion Harbormaster Department and Marion Recreation Department – as well as the Southeastern Law Enforcement Council, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit and Massachusetts Air National Guard – will also have representatives in attendance.

Admission to the event is free, and gift bags will be given out to the first 150 children. There will be music, food, a moonwalk, basketball, and photo ops with first responder vehicles. Handi Mandi will do free face painting.

For more information, call 508-748-1212.

By Shawn Badgley

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