If you see the large numbers of police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other public safety workers in your neighborhoods tonight, there’s likely no reason to worry.
It is Natonal Night Out and area police departments and other public safety agencies and civic organizations are taking part.
This night is an opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round.
In Methuen, members of the police and fire departments will be out from 6-8 p.m. in the following neighborhoods:
Methuen Arlington Neighborhood, 141 Tenney St., 20 Calumet Road, Birch Avenue, Dewey Street, Tudor Street, 222 Pelham St., Butternut Lane, 4 Gleason St., Olive Street and Jeffrey Street.
The North Andover Police Department, Neighborhood Crime Watch, Wood Ridge Homes and the North Andover Merchants Association have teamed up for the night.
The program will start at Wood Ridge Homes 10 Wood Ridge Drive, at 4 p.m. It will then continue at the North Andover Middle School football field – Hayes Stadium – from 6 to 8 p.m.
This marks the 30th anniversary for National Night Out and the 10th year North Andover has participated.
Local businesses, town organizations, municipal departments, clergy and others have come forward together to promote the community partnership, Police Lt. Charles Gray said.
The Police and Fire departments will have equipment and personnel on hand for viewing with demonstrations. Children will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken with public safety personnel and equipment.
Police officers will demonstrate their culinary skills by cooking up a barbecue while the Youth and Recreational Services Department will once again offer games and face painting for younger residents.
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Neighborhood groups throughout the city will celebrate National Night Out tomorrow starting at 5 p.m., with community block parties at 10 locations.