Celebrate National Night Out by strengthening police-community relations on Aug. 2

Over-the-Rhine Community Council is teaming up with the Cincinnati Police, Fire and Sheriff’s departments to host National Night Out — an annual event intended to build police-community partnerships so our neighborhoods can ultimately become safer and more positive places to live.
“It’s so important for our community to foster and strengthen positive partnerships with our public safety personnel — and vice versa,” says Peter Hames, former OTRCC president. “Additionally, this event provides a great educational opportunity for kids of all ages to connect with our public servants and learn about how they protect our community.”
This year’s event will take place tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Findlay Market. Youth can engage with public servants by checking out some of their gear, including fire trucks, motorcycles and Segways. A K-9 unit will also be on-hand to interact with the public.
Staff from PreventionFIRST will be on site, and there will be opportunities for teens to connect with professionals who can offer resources regarding substance abuse and mental health services.
For those looking to relax, there will be live music and food, as Ollie’s Trolley and Sweets ‘N Eats will provide hot dogs and ice cream, and Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute will have fresh fruit.
“We’re proud to be one of the Greater Cincinnati neighborhoods that participates in this annual national event,” Hames says. “It couldn’t be done without the support of CPD.” 

Do Good: 

•    Attend National Night Out tonight 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Findlay Market. 

•    Like National Night Out's Facebook page, and let friends know where to celebrate locally.

•    Make an effort to learn more about your neighbors and those who work to keep your community safe. 

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Brittany York is a freelance writer, adjunct English composition instructor and server at Orchids at Palm Court. She loves travel and photography. Keep up with Brittany on Instagram @brittbrittbrittbrittany.
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