The Port Orchard Police Department hosts the National Night Out event at the marina across from City Hall. National Night Out is held across the country on the first Tuesday of August. This celebration is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
This year’s carnival-themed National Night Out was a fun time for everyone! We had over 25 groups represented including Habitat for Humanity, Kitsap Library, Coffee Oasis, The Scouts and so many more. Attendees enjoyed free hot dogs and hamburgers cooked by the Lions Club and donated by Walmart and Fred Meyer as well as Popcorn from Kitsap Bank and Otter Pops from Cool Vibes. Booths provided fun games and treats, with Cornhole and Ring Toss being some favorites, while also providing important information about local resources and emergency response. The cover band, Ignite, performed keeping the party atmosphere and people of all ages lined up for the free face painting by Daydream Body Art. South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, Kitsap Coroner’s Office, Washington State Patrol, the Port Orchard Police Department and other agencies were on hand to answer questions and to partake in the celebration with the community.
In this free event, there were many new connections made and resources discovered but best of all, civilians were able to put faces to the real people of our local agencies. Humanizing the badge and the organizations to civilians and serving the community in every way we can even if all they needed was an enjoyable break from routine. We can’t wait to start working on next year!