CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Law enforcement agencies across the Lowcountry are planning activities to encourage people to work together to fight crime.
Here are a few of the plans announced as part of the 32nd annual National Night Out event scheduled for Aug. 4.
Charleston Police will host its event at the Joe Riley Stadium from 6-8 p.m.
The event includes live music, food, games, police vehicles and McGruff the Crime Dog will be on hand, according to Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis.
Mount Pleasant Police will host two locations for this year's celebration, according to Mount Pleasant Inspector Chip Googe.
Events at Edwards Park on Bank Street and at the White Hall Community Center off Tower Road will run from 6-9 p.m., Googe said. Both events will end with a walk-through of each respective neighborhood.
Mount Pleasant K-9 officers, Bike Team and Patrol Units will be on hand along with the Mount Pleasant Fire Department.
In addition to bicycle raffles, snow cones, a jump castle, pizza and drinks, child fingerprinting will also be available.
North Charleston will hold its activities in Park Circle beginning at 6 p.m., according to North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor.
The event will include vehicle displays from the North Charleston Police, North Charleston Fire Department, Charleston County Aviation Authority, MUSC Public Safety and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
The Hanahan Police Department will show K-9 demonstrations and MUSC will hold a bike rodeo.
Other activities include face painting, jump castles, a rock wall for kids, bicycle and gift card giveaways from Target and food and drinks, Pryor said.
Georgetown County Sheriff Lane Cribb says a family-friendly event will be held from 4-8 p.m. at the Stables Park Field Complex on Petigru Drive in Pawley's Island.
The event will include fun, food, music and games, as well as an appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog from 7-8 p.m., Cribb said.
The National Night Out program encourages partnerships between residents and law enforcement to help keep families safe from crime.
The program emphasizes several important strategies:
- Heighten crime prevention awareness
- Generate support and participation in anti-crime programs
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and community-police partnerships
- Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back
Approximately 16,000 communities and military bases worldwide participate in National Night Out, Googe said.