Shawano police to host National Night Out

Several law enforcement agencies taking part

National Night Out is finally coming to Shawano on Tuesday, as the police department hosts its first local event.

“I am cordially inviting you and your family to spend the evening with our law enforcement family and friends to make our 1st annual National Night Out a success,” Police Chief Dan Mauel said. “This is an opportunity for you and your family to meet the people who provide emergency services within this community and learn about some of the programs each offer.”

The free family event will be held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park.

The 100 block of East Elizabeth will be blocked throughout the event, and many emergency vehicles will be on display within the barricaded area.

National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, which introduced the program in 1984, when 400 communities in 23 states took part.

It has since grown nationwide, and this will be the first time the Shawano Police Department is sponsoring a local event.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime awareness and promote drug awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts like Neighborhood Watch, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

“We are asking businesses and citizens to turn on outside lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement at Memorial Park,” Mauel said. “The goal of National Night Out is to build camaraderie within our neighborhoods and create an energy and enthusiasm to promote a safe place to live and play.”

Mauel said the department plans on making this an annual event.

“There will be free food, soda, water and fun,” he said.

There will be K-9 and drone demonstrations, car seat safety checks, and an opportunity to sign up for neighborhood watch, Citizen’s Academy and Rad Kids.

Other agencies expected to be on hand include Shawano EMS, Shawano Fire, Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Sate Patrol and the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department and its dive team and Special Response Team members.