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A growing annual event in Powell aims to foster community spirit and crime prevention awareness.

Powell’s National Night Out, an event that happens in communities nationwide, is set for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Village Green Park, 47 Hall St. The free family event is operating under an ice cream social theme, said Powell Police Department Sgt. Scott Roach.

Graeter’s, Rita’s and Menchies will be on hand giving out free ice cream, Italian ice and frozen yogurt.

“National Night Out happens all around the nation every year on the first Tuesday in August, Roach said. “It’s a chance to bring everyone together to meet the local law enforcement in their neighborhood.”

This is the fourth year that Powell has been involved with the National Night Out program, a crime prevention event organized by the National Association of Town Watch that promotes police and community partnerships; crime, drug and violence prevention; safety; and neighborhood unity.

Last year, about 400 people came out for the event, and Powell organizers hope this year’s will be the biggest yet.

“We encourage the whole community to come out for a night of fun in support of crime prevention,” Roach said.

The event will offer not only cold treats, but live music and an activity tent for children.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office also is encouraging residents and business owners to participate in its night out event set for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Between those hours, more deputies will patrol the neighborhoods near businesses and in public areas. They will also patrol on motorcycles and on foot to make them more accessible to community members.

“Residents are encouraged to talk with deputies and ask them questions,” said Delaware County Sheriff Walter L. Davis III. “The Sheriff’s Office wants to use this opportunity to further develop relationships with the citizens it serves,” he said.

Those seeing a sheriff’s cruiser on the road on Tuesday will notice that the headlights are on. This serves as a reminder to residents to turn their porch lights on and come outside to take a stand against crime with your neighbors.

“National Night Out can send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back,” Davis said. “The relationships developed through this program can go a long way towards fighting crime.”

Genoa Township is also hosting its own slate of activities from 5 to 8 p.m. at McNamara Park, 7049 Big Walnut Road, behind the fire and police stations. Attendees can bring their personal documents for shredding. The night will also have music, demonstrations, food and activities for the kids.

Last year’s National Night Out event involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 15,000 communities across the country. This is the 28th year for the national event.

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