On the first Tuesday in August, local residents are invited to get to know law enforcement officials as they host their annual National Night Out events across the county.
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and the YMCA of Frederick County will hold their 38th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event Aug. 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the Natelli Family YMCA at 3481 Campus Drive in Ijamsville.
The Frederick Police Department will be stationed at Carrollton Park, Mullinix Park, Hill Street Park and Lucas Village from 6-9 p.m.
The Frederick Barrack of the Maryland State Police can be found Aug. 3 at Walkersville Fire Department at 79 W. Frederick St. in Walkersville from 6-8 p.m. and at the Lake Linganore Association at 6718 Coldstream Drive in New Market. They'll also be at the Ijamsville Y with the sheriff's office.
“We are excited to welcome back this annual event to Frederick County,” Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said in a news release. “We look forward to strengthening our neighborhood ties and police-community partnerships by offering a variety of static vehicles, demonstrations, and deputy and civilian engagements. We appreciate the support of the YMCA of Frederick County, their leadership, and all of their staff in hosting us this year.”
At 6:30 p.m. at the Y, the sheriff and Chris Colville, YMCA of Frederick County president and CEO, will offer remarks. A K9 demonstration will follow at 7 p.m. Visitors will find food trucks and kids’ activities aplenty. There will also be representatives from Urbana Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office, FCSO SWAT team, FCSO Victims Services Unit and FCSO Recruitment. WFRE/WFMD will be broadcasting live.
“The Y makes a commitment to the communities we serve to elevate, empower and inspire. We are partners for good and that includes our local public safety officers,” Colville said in the release. “We are proud to partner with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office by hosting this year’s National Night Out event.”
FPD spokesman Allen Etzler said residents will find something a little different at each location, ranging from static displays and Strategic Response Team demonstrations to fingerprinting, robots and drone appearances. Chief Jason Lando plans to visit each FPD event, and visitors can expect a K9 demo at every location. There will also be DJs, food trucks and opportunities to register to vote.
"Our team at FPD works hard every day to ensure Frederick remains a safe city for all who live and play here," Lando said in a news release. "On most days, we are busy going from call to call without much of a break. National Night Out is an opportunity for our officers to spend some quality time with our residents, to enjoy a fun evening together and to get to know each other better."
In Walkersville, resident troopers will be present with the MSP dive team and K9, according to First Sgt. Jim Egros. Kids big and small can also look forward to face painting, balloon art, food, drinks and Walkersville fire apparatus.