Lebanon, Wilson County Communities to mark Night Out Against Crime October 6
Citizens, law enforcement, fire and safety officials will come together for an evening of free entertainment, food, fun and unity against crime from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 6 throughout Wilson County.
The annual Night Out Against Crime serves as an opportunity for law enforcement and other emergency service workers to get to know the community in a fun-filled atmosphere. “One of the most important resources we have is a good relationship with the citizens of our community,” said Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. “They are our most effective weapon against crime. In addition, this is a fun-filled way for citizens to get to know all of the emergency personnel that are working together to keep everyone safe throughout Wilson County.”
The free event (which is normally held in thousands of cities across the country in August) will feature a variety of educational events, entertainment and activities for all ages, refreshments and demonstrations of equipment by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Lebanon Police and Fire, WEMA and Lebanon Public Safety. Most of the events will occur at the Don Fox Community Park located at 955 W. Baddour Parkway in Lebanon. However, other events will take place in the following areas: Poplar Ridge/Southwinds (S. Mt. Juliet Road and Dell Drive); Oakwood Terrace (Eastwood Place and Tall Oak Trail); Wright Farms (Stockbridge Way and Harrisburg Lane); and Driftwood Acres.
Some of the evening highlights will include a costume contest for children 12 and under a children’s bounce house; a cake decorating contest for all ages; Live K9 demonstrations; vehicle displays and mascot appearances. The community can take part in exploring the command center bus, Humvee, jail van, explosive ordinance disposal, mine resistant assault vehicle, safety patrol boat and other emergency transportation vehicles.
Other educational opportunities available are booths to learn about fingerprinting, the Wilson County Citizens’ Academy, DUI testing facilities; the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office SCAN program designed to help care for senior citizens and other booths showcasing the popular search and rescue dogs.
“In this day and age with so much strife between law enforcement and communities in some parts of the country, it’s nice to see our citizens coming together to learn and have a good time,” Sheriff Bryan added. “This is an event we look forward to each year, and I hope everyone will take the opportunity to at least stop by for even a few minutes.”