August 7, 2018

The Carroll Police Department will host an event tonight that promotes crime prevention and better relationships between police officers and residents — in part with a dunk tank.

This is Carroll’s first year participating in the “National Night Out,” an event that has been held throughout the United States for 35 years and seeks to bring law-enforcement officers and the communities they police closer together. It will be held from 6 to 9 tonight at Graham Park.

This year, more than 16,500 communities from all 50 states, some cities in Canada and military bases around the world are expected to participate in the Night Out — more than 38.5 million people in total. In many communities, the events are offered in a neighborhood block party format.

The event’s intent is fourfold: To promote crime and drug prevention awareness; to promote local anti-crime efforts; to strengthen relationships between police officers and residents; and to announce to criminals that residents are “organized and fighting back,” according to information from the Carroll Police Department.

Carroll’s event will include a variety of offerings, including displays of emergency vehicles, a dunk tank, a chalk art contest, child fingerprinting, face-painting, a bicycle obstacle course, a coloring contest, educational booths, Frisbee Tic-Tac-Toe, “ID the Burglar,” pedal tractor races during which participants will wear “intoxication goggles” and more. A raffle will be offered, with prizes donated from area businesses, including running shoes and a car wash bucket.

Most of the Carroll Police Department will attend, said Officer Tony Amdor, who helped organize the event.

Representatives from the Carroll Fire Department, Carroll County Sheriff’s Department and Carroll Ambulance Service will attend the event as well.

The Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association will offer a grill-out with food donated by local businesses. The dinner will be available for a freewill donation.

Any money made at the event will go toward next year’s National Night Out, Amdor said.

I think it’s a great event for emergency responders in the area to meet families in the area and show them they can come to us if they need,” he said.