National Night Out draws crowds

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NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Tuesday, Aug. 5 was your chance to see public safety workers up close and personal at the annual National Night Out. Both Roswell and Alpharetta held their events, drawing out crowds from their communities.

In Roswell, the event was at City Hall, in the parking lot in front of it. Local vendors provided games and prizes while police cars, fire trucks, ambulances and river boats were open for children and adults to examine and enjoy. K-9 cops also had a demonstration.

In Alpharetta, the public safety department converged at Wills Park for demonstrations from the SWAT team, including simulated gunfire.

Target employees donated time and food to the events.

National Night Out began in 1984 to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.

During that first year, 23 states and 400 communities took part.

Now the event involves 16,124 communities from all 50 states.

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