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National Night Out event slated for Tuesday

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People will have a chance Tuesday night to meet some of the law enforcement officers and first responders who serve the community when the Roswell Police Department and Roswell Fire Department host their National Night Out celebration.

A press release issued Thursday by the city of Roswell states the public is invited to the event Aug. 3 between 5 and 9 p.m. in the parking lot of the Roswell Convention Center in the 900 and 1000 blocks of North Richardson Avenue.

Parking for those attending National Night Out will be available in the parking lot on the west side of North Richardson Avenue near DeBremond Stadium.

Along with the RPD and RFD, personnel from the Dexter and Hagerman police departments, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police will be at the event to visit with the public and provide people with a firsthand look of some of their equipment and vehicles.

Other agencies present will include the American Medical Response, Care Flight, the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Representatives from the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will also be there with some of their court-facility dogs.

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Entertainment will be provided and will include jolly jumpers for children and an appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog. The press release states there will also be free drinks, hot dogs and pizza available.

People will have a chance to take part in raffles and giveaways for gift cards donated by Albertsons and Target stores. Meanwhile, school supplies for children in kindergarten through high school will be given away while supplies last. The release states children must be at the National Night Out to receive the school supplies.

National Night Out events were started in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch in collaboration with local law enforcement, civic and neighborhood organizations and volunteers to build connections between the public and police, fire and medical agencies and first responders.

According to the National Night Out website, the events are held in communities in all 50 states in addition to U.S. territories and military bases. Though typically held on the first Tuesday in August, some places hold their National Night Out events during the first week of October.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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