KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC: The City of Kings Mountain will celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6 at Patriots Park from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Local law enforcement and first responders will have displays and exhibits set up for the community to learn about these agencies and have a better understanding of the services they provide.
The Kings Mountain Police Department will have exhibits, displays and information provided by the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), K-9 Unit, Traffic Units, the Moss Lake Boat Patrol and the Explorer Scout Unit. The Gaston County Rural Police, North Carolina Highway Patrol, Bessemer City and Grover Police Department will be joined by the Kings Mountain Fire Department, Kings Mountain Rescue and the Cleveland County Emergency Management Services.
National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with the local law enforcement partners. The goal is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs and most importantly, send a message that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. It’s also the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors even better.
“National Night Out in Kings Mountain is like an old fashioned block party; an opportunity for the citizens to come out, visit with each other and meet the crime fighters and first responders in our community. We’ll be giving away free hot dogs with drinks and we’ll have a few surprises for the children and share ideas on how everyone can play a part in crime prevention,” said Rick Murphrey, Mayor of Kings Mountain.
Music will be provided by Christian Freedom Church Choir beginning at 6:30 at the Gazebo. The church will also be giving away back-to-school backpacks. Target, a national sponsor, will have drawings for gift cards with additional giveaways.
Along with the traditional outside light and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, visits from local law enforcement, safety fairs and youth events.
National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign is designed to: (1) Heighten crime prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
For additional information, visit www.cityofkm.com or call 704-734-0333. Contact: Ellis Noell, Special Events Director.