Garfield County Sheriff’s Office organizes local National Night Out

Staff Report

BATTLEMENT MESA — On Tuesday, Aug. 6, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office will join thousands of communities nationwide for the 30th annual National Night Out neighborhood crime and drug prevention gathering.

The Sheriff’s Office, along with the Grand Valley Activity Center and the Battlement Mesa Service Association in cooperation with the Battlement Mesa Co. will be sponsoring a community event in the Battlement Mesa Shopping Plaza, 71 Sipprelle Drive, from 2-7 p.m.

The event will start at the Grand Valley Activity Center where people can enjoy the refreshing water of an indoor pool from 2-4 p.m. courtesy of the Activity Center.

Down the hill at the Shopping Plaza, participants can enjoy free hamburgers and hot dogs from 4-7 p.m. Tour the various booths sponsored by Youth Zone, CARE, Rifle MOMS, the Parachute Library, Crime Stoppers and a host of others. There will be free give-a-ways, face painting and more.

Get up close and personal with the Green Machine, a Fire Engine, an ambulance and the Bear Cat. See vintage cars and come to the Educational pavilion where you can hear and participate in short presentations about animal safety, Search and Rescue Programs, dog bite prevention, the Drug Free World Foundation, a K-9 demonstration and more. McGruff, the Crime Dog, is expected to make an appearance as well.

The Grand Valley Fire Protection District will have its climbing wall set up and its Brush truck on site. CDOT is bringing its new state of the art truck for dealing with hazards in the Glenwood Tunnel, and the Parachute Police Department will be represented as well. Take this opportunity to speak with officers and first responders about what they do and why they do it. Learn how you can make your home and your community a safer place to live.

National Night Out is designed to:

• Bring neighbors and businesses together to create a friendly exchange.

• Increase public awareness of crime and drug prevention.

• To develop understanding and support for our local education and prevention programs.

• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and foster better police-community relations.

• Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Come join the fun as more than 15,000 communities across the country celebrate National Night Out.

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