The event takes place every year on the first Tuesday of August
Police departments at Springfield and Beavercreek, suburbs of Dayton, Ohio, organized a National Night Out event to bring the community together, at which Sikh residents also participated. The annual program, which is organized by the police department, happens across various cities in the U.S. every year on the first Tuesday of August.
Marc Brown, Beavercreek Police Community Engagement Officer, said the goal of the program is for the community to be educated about the police, and to bring all the residents together and encourage positive relationships. He thanked the Sikh community, as well as community members belonging to other faiths and cultures for actively participating in the program.
Sheriff Deborah K. Burchett, who is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer at Clark County said the National Night Out program allows the officers to build strong relationships with the community, which in turn, helps to create safe neighborhoods. The National Night Out program at Springfield was held at Snyder Park, and snacks, free meals, and bicycle helmets were given to kids.
Sikh community member Avtar Singh, who lives in Springfield, said people from his community should be more active in such programs.
Beavercreek resident Sameep Singh Gumtala, and the convener of FlyAmritsar Initiative Campaign was also present at the event. He thanked the police department for their quick response during the recent mass shooting in the city where nine people, including the shooter, were killed.
Plenty of other institutions, including American Red Cross, Clark County Waste Management, Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, Clark County Department of Jobs and Family Services, Beavercreek Township Fire Department, Fellowship Christian Church, United Senior Services, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Radio K99.1 FM, and more also set up booths at the event.
The National Night Out program was started in 1983, and today, it is celebrated all over the U.S. Initially, porch lights were left on to celebrate. However, celebrations have ramped up today, with communities participating in cookouts, block parties, and other special events. Citizens, law enforcement officials, as well as leaders of local government, come together to interact through the program.