In a continuous effort to connect with community members, the Leesburg Police Department (LPD) has announced its 34th National Night Out event.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes partnerships to make Loudoun communities safer. The LPD will celebrate National Night Out with two Leesburg neighborhoods from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1.
“This event is a powerful way for us to continue in our mission of strengthening community relations, partnerships and trust. Together we can advance towards keeping this community a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Leesburg Police Chief Gregory Brown said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to working with our community and achieving another successful year.”
The main site for this year’s event will be the Loudoun Hills community on Meadows Lane NE. Hosted by the Loudoun Hills Homeowners Association, the evening’s activities will include a moon bounce, a variety of refreshments and door prizes provided by event sponsors. The LPD will have the Mobile Command Center, police cars and police motorcycles on display. Children are invited to ride the Leesburg Police Barrel Train and to meet Leesburg K-9 Officer Sally and McGruff the Crime Dog who will be handing out Junior Officer Badges.
The Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department will be on hand with an inflatable obstacle course and a Start Smart Tennis program, assisted by volunteers from the Town’s Recreation Outreach to Community Kids program. Additionally, Loudoun Hunger Relief will be distributing non-perishable food and information about their programs, according to the LPD release.
“We are thrilled to get into the community we serve alongside our law enforcement and other partners,” LHR Executive Director Jennifer Montgomery said in a prepared statement. “It’s a great opportunity to spread the word about the help we offer to families and to learn about what others do. On top of that, we get to have a fun, safe evening out.”
A satellite location will run simultaneously at the Sycamore Hill community, hosted by the Sycamore Hill Homeowners Association, with a moon bounce and refreshments. CVR Martial Arts and the School of Rock will be on hand with demonstrations and program information.
As the LPD’s premier community relations event, National Night Out serves to reinforce crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation for local anti-crime efforts and foster and strengthen neighborhood collaboration and police-community relations.
Sponsors for the event include Ashburn Rentals, Atomic Trampoline, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chick-fil-a, Costco, CVR Martial Arts, Kohls, Leesburg Animal Park, Manhattan Pizza, School of Rock, Subway, Target and Wegmans. National Night Out is a program of the National Association of Town Watch.