The Maryville Police Department will host its annual National Night Out event from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Blount County Courthouse Theater in the Park.

The department announced in a press release that police and all emergency services personnel will be at the event with emergency resources and equipment, including fire trucks, patrol cars, SWAT and crime scene personnel, BCSO mounted patrol horses, Maryville Animal Shelter personnel and more.

Maryville’s fire department will demonstrate how to use fire extinguishers, while police will demonstrate its K-9 capabilities.

There will be a kid zone with games and inflatables, the release states. Attendees are encouraged to get children’s fingerprints taken for a child identification kit. Additionally, a clown will be at the event to paint faces and make balloon animals.

Police will do a puppet show on stranger danger, and the 911 communication center will do a skit to teach children why and when to call 911. Finally, a Chick-fil-A cow will be present doing giveaways, and the Games2Go mobile video game truck also will be at the event.

A free hot dog meal will be provided to the first 500 people at the event, and food trucks will sell on-site.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police/community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie that makes communities safer, more caring places to live, the release states.

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