In this podcast, Bainbridge Island Police Officer Carla Sias describes the department’s annual National Night Out event. Carla is the annual organizer of the event.

It takes place Tuesday, August 5th, from 5 to 8pm, outdoors at the Sakai Intermediate School, and its free for the whole family.

Here’s some of what you’ll find at this year’s Night Out:

  • a Fire Dept vehicle – use the hose!
  • Police cars to explore
  • a Coast Guard boat, and a canine officer
  • the BI Police boat to explore
  • a dunk tank (with Chief Hamner, City Manager Doug Schulze, journalist Sarah Lane, BHS Assistant Principal Tina Lemmon, and many more
  • a water balloon toss
  • face painting with Kidimu
  • a bomb truck from a Federal agency
  • Westsound Wildlife, with a rescued animal
  • Child ID kits
  • live music

There’s also free food (such as hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream, sno-cones, cotton candy.

And there will be free prize giveaways such as: an iPod; an ADT security installation; a Best Western overnight stay; some BonBon candy; and more.

The underlying theme of these celebrations is crime-prevention. It occurs in 16,000+ communities in 50 states and military bases worldwide.

It provides an important opportunity for citizens to send a powerful message about neighborhood unity, safety, awareness, and police-community partnerships.

Credits: BCB host and editor: Barry Peters; BCB music splash: Tim Bird; BCB ferry music: Dogfish Bay Studio; podcast art: artopia creative