Children take a look inside an Ohio State Patrol vehicle during the National Night Out event last year. The free gathering will take place in Snyder Park this Tuesday. CONTRIBUTED

Enon, Springfield youth set to enjoy National Night Out Tuesday

Springfield and Enon law enforcement will take part in a national event that encourages kids to meet police and have fun.

National Night Out is Tuesday and the two police departments are sponsoring events in their communities as part of the annual get-together.

“We try to build that bond with the community and police department,” Enon Police Chief Lew Wilcox said. “It’s very important. This has been going on a long time before I got here and the community has come to expect it.”

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Fun activities for the kids including games and activities will be set up at Indian Valley Intermediate School between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday for Enon youth. While the event is marketed for kids, there is fun for everyone.

“We will have food there, hotdogs, chips, candy and pop courtesy of Speedway,” Wilcox said, noting that Speedway is a yearly sponsor of the event.

The annual tug of war between the Enon police and Mad River Fire Department will also take place Tuesday night at the event.

Springfield police is also hosting their own event starting at 5:30 p.m. at Snyder Park.

“This event is always a great opportunity for officers to form positive relationships in the community,” said Sgt. Tom Selner. “We are glad to once again be taking part in this event and I hope many residents are able to participate.”

The event will last until 8:30 p.m.

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“The free event will include free food, snacks and youth bicycle helmets while supplies last,” a release for the event says. “A free kids movie will be shown the evening of the event, and will include music by DJ Hotdog.”

Several agencies are taking part in the Springfield event including the American Red Cross, Box 27 Association, Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association, Clark County Combined Health District, Clark County Department of Jobs & Family Services, Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, Clark County Waste Management, Council of Neighborhood Association, Fellowship Christian Church, Jim Twiggs Allstate Insurance, National Alliance on Mental Health, National Trails Parks and Recreation, Oesterlen Services for Youth, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Speedway, Springfield Fire Rescue Division, United Senior Services and the United Way.

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