Take a bite out of crime and into a hot dog

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Tuesday, August 7, 2012

— Last year, the Darien Police Department's National Night Out event went so well it won a national award.

This year's event will be even better, Police Chief Hunter Gilmore said.

For the police department, it's a way to connect to the community. For the community, it's a way to show what they have to offer.

Last year, more than 37 million people participated in National Night Out activities designed to strengthen police-community partnerships, heighten crime and drug awareness and generate support for local anti-crime programs.

Darien's event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. today in West Park, will feature food, music and plenty of activities for families.

Young children can enjoy the Shriners' aviation squadron and clowns, face painting, the 4-H petting zoo and an appearance from McGruff the Crime Dog.

Older children can enjoy the Stiles racing motorcycle display, the Flight for Life helicopter landing, demonstrations from Walworth County's K-9 unit, a presentation from the Raudenbush Great Danes and a chance to learn about fire safety in the Walworth County Smoke House.

One of the biggest attractions for kids will be police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, cool vehicles that come with cool adults—firefighters, police officers and EMTs.

That's the fun stuff.

The event also will include booths from organizations dedicated to strengthening families such as the Walworth County Alliance for Children and the Walworth County Boys & Girls Club.

For adults, the event offers learning about child seat safety, crime prevention and a variety of other activities.

Last updated: 5:13 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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