Howard County Police, county officials and other elected officials will come together Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the new Roger Carter Center in Ellicott City to kick off programming for National Night Out.
Events in Howard County will begin at 6 p.m. at the center, which opened in June, located at 3000 Milltowne Drive.
"Each year we look forward to National Night Out as an opportunity to remind residents what an important role they play in fighting crime and in keeping our communities safe," said Police Chief William McMahon. "It is one more way of highlighting the strong partnership between Howard County residents and our officers."
McMahon will be joined at the center by Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Howard County Fire Chief William Goddard, Congressman John P. Sarbanes, Senator James Robey, Senator Allan Kittleman, Sheriff James Fitzgerald and others, according to a news release.
The event, which is being hosted at the community center by Howard County Recreation and Parks, will include the volunteer mounted police unit, command post, Community Action Program, McGruff the Crime Dog, fitness demonstrations and games, an open climb on the center's rock climbing wall, a basketball shoot out, refreshments, giveaways and other activities and games, according to the release.
Police resources, including patrol officers, K9s, a SWAT vehicle, volunteer auxiliary officers and more, will also visit neighborhood parties throughout the county, and police are asking citizens to turn on outside lights and to spend at least one hour in front of their homes – on their porches, balconies, front steps or lawns – to send a message to criminals that communities are banding together to fight crime.