LAURINBURG — Scotland County’s law enforcement officers will team up with the community on Tuesday night to host the annual National Night out.
While the free event is focused on fighting crime, it may feel more like a block party.
National Night Out is set for Aug. 2 from 6-8 p.m. on Main Street and will feature face painting, temporary tattoos, a DJ and bounce houses along with the more educational fatal vision course — otherwise known as the “beer goggles booth” — and a safety house.
Performances will include the Scotland High Varsity Cheerleaders, Glamour Athletics, Triple Toe Cloggers and storytellers Tyris Jones and Kim Weitkamp. The Scotland High School “Fighting Scots” are also scheduled for a meet-and-greet during the event.
Participating agencies include the police, Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Scotland County Probation and Parole, N.C. Wildlife, Scotland County EMS and the State Highway Patrol.
A booth staffed by both police and sheriff’s deputies will highlight the county’s Crimestoppers program. The program offers cash for anonymous tips leading to the arrest of individuals charged in a crime.
The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office will have a fingerprinting booth for children 6-years-old and under.
Jerry’s Deli and Grill along with Lumbee Homemade Ice Cream will serve as vendors at the annual event.
National Night Out began in 1984 as an effort to promote community involvement in crime prevention. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, the events involve more than 38.3 million people in 16,728 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world, according to the organization.
“We have a lot of people that come out from all different neighborhoods and even from outside the county,” said Laurinburg police Capt. Terry Chavis; who is helping organize the event this year.
With the recent murders of police officers and deadly officer-involved shootings around the country, organizers said Tuesday’s event will carry with it a more significant opportunity for communities to come together.
Each year, the Laurinburg Police Department elects one of it’s officers to head the event. This year, the task was given to police Sgt. Timothy Wilkerson. He can be contacted at 910-276-3211.
Reach Nolan Gilmour at 910-276-2311