National Night Out has become a big night in Germantown, especially at The Hamptons community on Crystal Rock Drive. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes partnerships between the community and the police, as well as, neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places.
In Germantown, the event was held as a small party in the parking lot in front of the leasing center, but it has grown into a full-blown block party closing Crystal Rock Drive to traffic for a few hours.
The annual event was held on Tuesday evening and saw members of the Montgomery County Police Department’s 5th District Central Business District unit, among other officers, meeting and greeting residents as children played in the street and a DJ kept everybody moving with music. The CBD officers, led by Sergeant Mark McCoy, had the bikes they use to patrol the areas of Germantown’s Town Center, which includes the Hamptons neighborhood. They were joined by a member of the MCPD motorcycle unit and other representatives of MCPD.
According to organizers, “National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.”
Also in attendance were representatives of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police and Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service units.
The block party in the Hamptons community was just one of two celebrations of National Night Out in Germantown. The other took place in Germantown Park on Cinnamon Drive. A third National Night Out event was held in the 5th District at Damascus Gardens near the community pool. In all, there were 28 National Night Out events held throughout the County to build bonds between police and the communities they patrol.
National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is designed to generate neighborhood support and participation in crime prevention efforts and to enhance police and community relations. Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, many communities celebrate with a variety of events to help neighbors get to know one another and to build community spirit. This year is the 34th year of National Night Out observances that demonstrate a community’s commitment to keeping their neighborhood free from crime.
Top: Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown was closed to traffic for few hours on Tuesday night as The Hamptons neighborhood celebrated National Night Out with members of the Montgomery County Police and Fire department personnel, as well as Montgomery County Park Police.
Next: The Monkey Joe’s mascot was a big hit with the kids as local businesses were on hand to help promote the event and connect with their community.
Next: Firefighters from Station 29 in Germantown brought their apparatus to show off to children and adults alike.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.