On Tuesday night, law enforcement agencies and communities across Eastern North Carolina came together for another National Night Out.
At Five Points Plaza in Uptown Greenville, the ‘National Night Out’ celebration is fully underway with the 7th annual Street Food Festival.
If you’re planning on coming to Uptown to celebrate come hungry because there are 20 different food trucks with everything from cactus tacos to funnel cakes.
You can also stop by and talk to members of Greenville Fire/Rescue and police department.
Members of law enforcement are hoping to really educate people this year about all the technology they use from the tech inside their vehicles to body cameras as well as how you can help them fight crime in your area with different apps like NextDoor.
Event organizers told WNCT’s Madison Forsey that while ‘National Night Out’ is fun it’s also serving a much bigger purpose.
“The National Night Out campaign really tackles something extremely important, it contributes to the greater good and really encourages the community to get to know their police department, to get to know the initiatives of those that risk their lives to keep them safe,” said Meredith Hawke.
The National Night Out is such a fantastic time, there are bounce houses, music, games, and food.
Winterville started a little earlier for the sensory-friendly area for special needs families.
But now they are also kicking off their back to school bash giving out hundreds of backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming year.
So, bring your kids out here for some fun.
Events like this for community and law enforcement are important.
“Getting to know each other, forming relationships so we can you know hopefully solve issues in the community,” said Ryan Willhite, Chief Police of Winterville Police Department. As I’m sure El Paso and Dayton would tell you to prevent something like this it is going to take a total to revamp in our mental health system.”
Improving communication between law enforcement and the community is just one step moving towards change.
For those that want to come out the event goes until 9 p.m.
‘National Night Out’ is also in full swing in the City of Kinston this evening.
Tonight’s free event will have games, food, and activities for all ages.
You might even get the chance to dunk some law enforcement personnel in the dunk tank.
The Kinston Police Department says that with this event they want the public to know they are there for them in both the good and the bad times. The fun kicked off at 5:30 p.m. and you have until 8 p.m. if you want to join in
In Onslow County, the Jacksonville Police Department is hosting National Night Out at Riverwalk Crossing Park.
The event runs until 9 p.m.
Guests will get a chance to meet with local law enforcement, listen to music, explore several exhibits and watch a firework show.
There is also a free shuttle service and free parking as well.
9 On Your Side has compiled a list of National Night Out locations in Eastern North Carolina:
-Atlantic Beach Police Department: AB Town Park, 6-8 p.m.
-Bridgeton Police Department: Vernon Blades Park, 5-9 p.m.
-Farmville Police Department: corner of Walnut and Belcher, 6 p.m.
-Goldsboro Police Department: Herman Park, 6-8 p.m.
-Greenville Police Department: Five Points Plaza, Dream Park, Jaycee Park, Koinonia Christian Center, Barnes-Ebron Taft Community Center, 6-8 p.m.
-Havelock Police Department and MCAS Cherry Point: Walter B. Jones, 4-7 p.m.
-Jacksonville Police Department, Riverwalk Crossing Park, 5-9 p.m.
-Kinston Police Department: Pearson Park, 5:30-8 p.m.
-Morehead City Police Department: Rotary Park, 6-8 p.m
-New Bern Police Department: Academy Sports + Outdoors, 3:45 p.m.
-Pitt County Sheriff’s Office: Bell Arthur Fire Department, Grimesland Fire Department, 6 p.m.
-Tarboro Police Department: Courthouse Square, 6-8 p.m.
-City of Washington Police – Fire Services: Beebe Memorial Park, 6-8 p.m.
-Windsor Police Department: Windsor Town Center, 6-8 p.m.
-Winterville Police Department: Winterville Recreation Park, 6-9 p.m.