Green River Police Department Celebrating National Night Out August 13

Green River Police Department Celebrating National Night Out August 13

National Night Out is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships, and enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement.

GREEN RIVER — The Green River Police Department is gearing up to celebrate National Night Out on Saturday, August 13.

National Night Out is a national community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships, and enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances, giving people a chance to get to know their officers or ask questions, said GRPD Public Information Officer Jamie Green.

“We encourage neighbors get to know each other maybe even form neighborhood watches, or call lists in case of emergencies,” Green said.

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In the past, neighborhoods have hosted block parties where GRPD officers attend and participate in activities while handing out informational items and other “swag.”

“We award the best block parties with a prize or trophy. We have had some great parties in the past, The Skinners!!, The Sundance Party, Ironwood,” said Green. “Everyone that participated said it was great and they had a lot of fun.”

Green said the parties don’t have to be extravagant or expensive.

“Some cornhole boards, good food and good company,” she said. “We have a great community and enjoy seeing how creative and involved our citizens can be.”

TATA Chemicals is sponsoring GRPD’s NNO this year. Each block party organizer will receive a BBQ apron, and each neighborhood block party will be eligible to win a prize.

“We are also going to hold a raffle this year as well, anyone who organizes a block party or receives a raffle ticket from an officer will be put in to win,” Green said.

Red White Buffalo will be holding its block party on August 12. Different law enforcement agencies will attend and do small presentations including a driving simulator. 

Residents wanting to host a block party can check out the GRPD event on Facebook, register on the department website, or get in touch with Green.

“All you need to do is designate a neighborhood captain, register your block party, and apply for a play street permit if you plan on blocking off a street for the event,” said Green. “If you are planning on blocking the street please be courteous to your neighbors that may not be participating. Also, separate alcohol permits are needed.”