National Night Out set for August 2
REMSEN — The community of Remsen will hold a National Night Out event from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2, in downtown Remsen.
Two blocks on Washington Street, from First to Third Streets, will be blocked off for the activities.
National Night Out is a national community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and is observed the first Tuesday of August.
Remsen Police Chief Scott Allen said the event gives the general public an opportunity to visit with all the people who work behind the scenes and on the front lines.
The police department and ambulance service will have vehicles on display as will Stockton Towing.
“We will have the ambulance and police vehicles opened up so kids can look at them,” he said.
There will be inflatables for kids, and AgriVision will have its train to give rides.
“We will also have the pedal tractor pull for the kids like we did last year,” Allen said.
The committee has also reached out to the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and the National Guard.
“If possible, we will have some type of demonstration from the SRT team,” Allen said. “With first responders, they will be there if they’re not on call.”
“Our part-time police officer, Cain Junkman, will be there with Bear,” Allen said.
Bear, a black lab, is the newest member of the department and is a K-9 drug dog.
“The kids really love the dog. Things like this are good for the general public, to see the dog and get familiar with him,” Allen said.
Several downtown establishments will have food available for purchase.
The Le Mars Police Department will host its National Night Out event in October, according to Assistant Police Chief Justin Daale.
"It worked out better with our schedule and temperature wise last year in October, so we decided to do it that way again this year,” Daale said.