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Germantown Celebrates National Night Out

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.