The Ocean Pines Police Department, in conjunction with National Association of Town Watch (NATW), will host its first National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 5 – 7 p.m. to promote partnerships between first responders and the community they serve through a block party.
The public event will take place at White Horse Park, located at 235 Ocean Parkway, and will offer free entertainment such as two bounce houses, magic shows by Wild Willy Woo Woo (and his animal friends), juggling by Guinness World Record-certified Cascading Carlos, face painting, bike and car seat safety demonstrations from the Ocean Pines Police Department, a K9 and/or motorcycle unit demonstration from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office (weather permitting and barring an emergency), a dunk tank (“Dunk the Police Chief”), music and live broadcast provided by Power 101.7 FM, and a display of marked police and Maryland State Highway Administration vehicles. Kids will be able to try on gear that officers wear and sit inside a police vehicle.
The Kiwanis Club of Ocean Pines/Ocean City will provide free hot dogs to event-goers. Officers from Ocean Pines Police will also provide baked goods and beverages at no charge.
A children’s bike will be raffled off during the event. Officers will distribute free raffle tickets during the bike safety demonstration at the event. Other free giveaways will include bicycle helmets, gun locks, magnets, coloring books, temporary tattoos, backpacks and more.
Ocean Pines Neighborhood Watch, Maryland State Police, Worcester County Health Department, Atlantic General Hospital and other community organizations and businesses will be in attendance.
Massey said the collaborative efforts between neighboring law enforcement partners in Worcester County and the Ocean Pines Police Department contribute significantly to crime reduction in Ocean Pines.
“Our Mutual Aid Police Agreement enables us to assist and receive assistance from both the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Maryland State Police,” said Massey.
Ocean Pines Police, in conjunction with Maryland Department of the Environment, will host a Prescription Drug Take Back booth during the event. They will safely collect unused or expired medications so that they may be disposed of safely and without harm to the environment.
“To keep Ocean Pines the safest community requires extra efforts to protect our residents,” said Massey. “We are very proud of the cooperation between citizens and police in Ocean Pines,” Ocean Pines Police Chief Dave Massey said. “The fact that we have been rated as the ‘Safest Community in Maryland’ for our size by one internet-based security company is a result of that cooperation.”
National Night Out, a national community-driven initiative, involves more than 38 million people in 16,000 communities from all states, according to NATW, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing communities through an established network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and volunteers across the nation.
Massey said, “We are happy to celebrate and promote safety with our Ocean Pines residents.”
For more information regarding National Night Out in Ocean Pines, or the Ocean Pines Police Department, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.