Local police agencies are gearing up for Tuesday's 29th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event.
Harford County residents are being asked to participate in the National Night Out Tuesday by turning on their porch lights between 7 and 9 p.m., according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Neighbors are also encouraged to step outside and meet with other residents and "commit to looking out for one another in the upcoming year."
In accordance with the nationwide event, several local police agencies are holding their own events Tuesday night, including the Aberdeen Police Department. Aberdeen is joining with Target, a national event sponsor, to host a community event at the store at 1025 Middleton Lane, according to a news release.
On a countywide scale, Maryland State Police will be at the Abingdon Target on Constant Friendship Boulevard from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a state police news release. Their event will include a Maryland State Police helicopter for an hour at 5:30 p.m., vintage patrol cards, child fingerprinting and other activities.
Target's activities will include free snacks and drinks, live music, a dunk booth, cotton candy machine and several other features, according to the release.
Community Police Officer Rick Krause will be joining Maryland State Police at the Abingdon Target as part of Bel Air police's efforts during National Night Out. He will have police explorers with him and McGruff the Crime Dog, Krause said Monday.
Krause will also set up his car, hand out stickers and do giveaways as part of the crime and drug prevention event.