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Cops, community activities set for Aug. 1 National Night Out

Jarek RutzCulture, Headlines

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Police up and down Delaware will sponsor National Night Out events on Aug. 1.

The camaraderie between Delaware’s police and communities in the First State will be celebrated Tuesday, Aug. 1.

For the eighth straight year, the First State will participate in National Night Out where citizens throughout the state and across the nation are asked to turn on their front porch lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement. 

The event will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

The community-building campaign promotes strong partnerships between police and the communities they serve, as well as building neighborhood trust and friendliness to make Delaware a safer, more caring place to live and work. 

In addition to socializing, the night is a chance for the public to learn about what local first responders do on a daily basis. Agencies will be showcasing some of their equipment and specialized units.

Newark Night Out

Newark’s festivities will take place on Academy Street.

From 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Newark Police Department is putting on a K-9 Unit demonstration. At 7:15 p.m. Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co. will hold fire prevention and vehicle extrication demonstrations.

Throughout the night, the Police Athletic League will have trailers with games and activities for children.

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Sam Capolongo will be performing, and food and drinks are free. 

The University of Delaware Creamery Truck will be selling their locally made ice cream to satisfy the community’s sweet tooth, and there will also be food from Wawa.

Here’s the agencies that are planning on participating: 

  • Newark Police Department (Animal Control, Crisis Negotiations Team, communications and command post vehicle, Evidence Detection Unit, K-9 Unit, Police Athletic League, SWAT, Traffic Unit and Victim Services)
  • University of Delaware Police Department
  • Delaware Natural Resources Police – Parks
  • Delaware Natural Resources Police – Fish & Wildlife
  • Delaware Department of Correction Probation & Parole
  • Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company
  • University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit
  • New Castle County Emergency Medical Services Paramedics
  • Delaware Air National Guard
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Delaware Department of Transportation – Pedestrian Safety


Dover’s event will be at Dover High School at 1 Dover High Drive. 

They’ll also have demonstrations from emergency personnel, free food and drinks, and plenty of games and activities for families to enjoy. 

The Dover Police Department requests that political candidates and officials do not campaign, distribute handbills or other materials at this event.


Milford’s night out will be at Bicentennial Park, located off of NE Front Street.

“The purpose of the event is to heighten awareness of our services and crime prevention, but more importantly to continue to build a strong relationship in the Milford Community,” Lt. Robert Masten said.


Lewes will actually begin their night an hour earlier, with the event planned for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at George H.P. Smith Park, located at the end of Dupont Avenue.


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