Officials to Appear at Neighborhood Events on National Night Out

Prompted by a year of protests against police shootings and studies into ways to change policing in the county, Police Chief Marcus Jones, Sheriff Darren Popkin and Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s John McCarthy plan to promote community building and partnerships by attending cookouts and block parties Tuesday as part of National Night Out.

The idea is for residents and county officials to gather in a positive way and learn how best to reduce crime. The three public safety leaders expect to speak about how not to become victims of elder abuse, identity theft and other scams while they also spread awareness about hate crimes and domestic violence prevention.

On Aug. 3, Jones, Popkin and McCarthy will appear at:

East County Community
, White Oak Garden Apts. Mini Park, 11600 Lockwood Drive, Silver Spring, at 4:15 p.m.

Long Branch Rec Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, at 5 p.m.

Germantown Park Community, 18400 Cinnimon Drive, Germantown, at 6 p.m.

Kentlands / Lakelands, Community Center, 485 Tschiffely Square Road, Gaithersburg, at 6:30 p.m.

Rosemary Hills / Lyttonsville / Rock Creek Forest Community, Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center, on the filed, 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, at 7:20 p.m.

Mt. Calvary Church, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 608 N. Horners Lane, Rockville, at 8:10 p.m.

Manor Lake Civic Assoc., Maryvale ES, 15101 Bauer Drive, Rockville, at 8:30 p.m.

Neighborhoods in Gaithersburg will also hold events with the idea of bringing together residents, law enforcement agencies, local officials, civic groups and neighborhood organizations. They will speak about drug prevention awareness and generate support for anti-crime programs.

Bennington, in the grassy area by Longdraft Road, Wade Court, Oak Shade and East Darby Court from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Casey Community Center, 810 South Frederick Avenue, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kentlands/Lakelands, at the clubhouse at 485 Tschiffely Square Road from 6 8 p.m.

Whetstone Run, the 400 block of Belle Grove Road, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The City of Rockville urges residents to turn on their outdoor lights to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are fighting back. Participating neighborhoods will host block parties, which will include such activities as cookouts, moon bounces, giveaways, carnival games and a chance to meet with neighbors.

Takoma Park hosts its event at Piney Branch Elementary School, 7510 Maple Avenue, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Several fun activities are planned including a display of police vehicles and horses, the appearance of McGruff the crime dog, face painting, music and the opportunity to have children fingerprinted.

County Executive Marc Elrich will attend an East County event at the White Oak Gardens Mini Park, 11600 Lockwood Drive, Silver Spring, which runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Many other events happen throughout the county, including at Redgate Farms, Twinbrook Pool, West Hillendale Swim Club, the Flora Singer Elementary School, King Farm Park and Maryvale Elementary School

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