What is National Night Out?

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National Night Out

For those who’ve never heard of National Night Out, it is an event designed to help promote police-community partnerships. The event was launched back in 1984 by Matt Peskin. Peskin was the  founder and executive director of National Association of Town Watch. In addition to Pennsylvania, 22 other states were involved in the 1st annual National Night Out.  While it originally just started as porch vigils, it soon grew into neighborhood block parties.

Mercer’s Role

Mercer got involved in National Night Out for the first time last year. We were actually present for two different events. The first one being held at the waterfront. Mercer had one of our drivers Dan Jordan bring his beautiful truck down to show off. We also had a dunk tank in which people were invited to try and dunk our very own Jason Schaftlein. Dale Corum and Brian Helton were also there visiting with police members of the community. The second event was held at the Baxter Community Center, and was led by LMPD 1st District. At that event Mercer provided meat to be grilled, and some tasty deserts. Mercer also had other staff on hand at that event to show their support and visit with the community.

This Year

This year Mercer will be teaming with the LMPD 1st District again. The event will again be at the Baxter Community Center on August 1st. Mercer will again be bringing meat to grill, with Jason Schaftlein manning the grill. Mercer will also be providing a face painter and balloon artist. Other Mercer employees will also be there to help out. The festivities start at 6pm and go on until about 8pm. We’d love to see some familiar faces so if you’re free that even stop on by to show your support.

For more information about National Night Out, follow this link: https://natw.org/