Police, community to come together for National Night Out

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 30, 2018

 Roseville Police Detective Bradley McKenzie calls out raffle ticket numbers for backpacks and bicycles during the 2017 National Night Out. This year’s event will take place Aug. 7

Roseville Police Detective Bradley McKenzie calls out raffle ticket numbers for backpacks and bicycles during the 2017 National Night Out. This year’s event will take place Aug. 7

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ROSEVILLE — The first Tuesday in August is set aside annually for a national, community-building campaign to enhance the relationship between neighborhoods and law enforcement. This year, the National Night Out will take place from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Memorial Park, 27325 Barkman St. 

The Roseville Police Department and the neighborhood watch have put this event together for 15 years. Roseville Police Detective Bradley McKenzie — who’s been part of National Night Out for seven years — stated in an email to the Eastsider July 23 how the event will benefit the community. 

“What we are trying to do is bring the community together, and in the process, educate our community and also make some kids happy by giving away bikes and backpacks,” stated McKenzie.

Organizers hold a drawing for the bikes and backpacks.

In previous years, National Night Out has had giveaways for students going back to school. This year, it will have the same educational giveaways, McKenzie stated. 

There will be a lot of activities for children, crime prevention items and gun locks, as well as raffle items for kids and adults. 

McKenzie also stated that the event relies on support from local businesses for supplies. 

“This is an opportunity for Roseville residents to come together, meet their neighbors, have some fun and make our community safer,” stated McKenzie.

Crime Stoppers of Michigan was part of the event last year and will be again this year. 

“It is a wonderful opportunity for us to educate the community on the Crime Stoppers program so citizens can help to make their neighborhoods safer places to live, work and play. With law enforcement, community groups, businesses and citizens coming together for this annual community-building campaign, it helps to make a huge impact on building stronger, safer neighborhoods,” stated Crime Stoppers of Michigan Communications Manager Shirley Schuler in an email to the Eastsider July 27.

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