BANGOR, Maine — Bangor police are inviting the public to participate in National Night Out, a collaborative neighborhood watch effort of West Side and East Side watch groups.

Bangor is one of 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada and the military that will participate in National Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

The event will be held at Second Street Park.

National Night Out is designed to encourage the general public to foster strong relationships with local police.

“The goal is to heighten crime and drug-prevention awareness, generate awareness of and participation in our local neighborhood watch programs, foster neighborhood spirit and solidarity, and most importantly, send a message to criminals that criminal and drug activity will not be tolerated in our neighborhoods,” Edwards said.

Residents will be asked to turn on their porch lights 6-8 p.m. Social activities will be planned around the event.

A buffet social will get the evening started from 6 to 6:15 p.m., with Target, the primary sponsor of National Night Out, providing popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and water.

After the social, activities include personal safety and property security information, home and apartment security displays, self-defense demonstrations, a robot team demonstration by Bangor police, explosive sniffing K-9 demonstrations and a dog bite prevention demonstration.

There will be plenty of activities for kids, including bicycle safety tips, a firetruck display, face painting, a bounce house and door prizes. In the event of rain, the national night out will be held at the Bangor Parks and Recreation building on Main Street.

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