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National Night Out will move to Sakai

It’s back, and it’s even bigger.

Responding to increasing popularity, the Bainbridge Island Police Department has moved the annual National Night Out event from the town square to Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School.

Island police will celebrate the 30th National Night Out from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the school on Sportsman Club Road.

“Don’t miss this great family opportunity to learn more about crime prevention, meet the law enforcement officers that serve you, and have some fun,” said Police Chief Matthew Hamner.

This year’s National Night Out event will be Hamner’s first on the island.

The annual event aims to bridge gaps between citizens and those who serve and protect them with a good old-fashioned neighborhood party. Live music, free food and games with prizes will be offered, and members of the island police and fire departments will be on hand.

Kids can tour a fire truck, an ambulance, a police car and even the island’s police boat.

Rusty, the department’s former police dog, is also coming out of retirement to the join the festivities.

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