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National Night Out draws a crowd

At just three-and-a-half-years-old Everett Davis knows which part of the Bainbridge Island Police Department’s boat he likes best — the captain’s seat. - Richard D. Oxley / Bainbridge Island Review
At just three-and-a-half-years-old Everett Davis knows which part of the Bainbridge Island Police Department’s boat he likes best — the captain’s seat.
— image credit: Richard D. Oxley / Bainbridge Island Review

National Night Out is an evening of crime and safety awareness organized locally, every year, by the Bainbridge Island Police Department.

The event introduces a community to the people who serve them, and emphasizes what communities can do to keep themselves safe and secure.

Last year, the event drew more than

37 million people across 15,110 communities all over the world ranging from towns, civic groups and even military bases. This year on Bainbridge Island, families flooded the town square filled with booths from civic organizations. Hot dogs, popcorn, soda and ice cream were all on hand to feed the masses.

Children got tours of a Bainbridge Island fire truck courtesy of firefighters Tony Parker and Maia Earle.

At the other end of the park, Bainbridge Police Officer Ben Sias showed off the police’s speedy boat complete with three massive engines.

The West Sound Wildlife Shelter wowed curious youngsters with live owls, and various picnic-style games were set up on the lawn.

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