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National Night Out Builds Bridges

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In the seven years that the Lilburn Police Department has hosted National Night Out, the upcoming event on Aug. 2 may be the most important one yet, said Police Chief Bruce Hedley.

“This event is meant to break down walls and build relationships between police officers and the public. Our country and our community need National Night Out right now,” Chief Hedley said. “We look forward to having a fun night in Lilburn City Park with the residents that we serve.”

National Night Out offers plenty of opportunities for the public to interact with law enforcement personnel. There will be field-day games with Lilburn police officers, a chance to check out the cockpit of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources helicopter, demonstrations by the Lawrenceville Police Department’s K-9, and more. Also, tethered hot air balloon rides will be available for a small fee. All other activities and food samples are free.

The Georgia Law Enforcement Memorial Wall will be a focal point of the event. The wall travels around the state to commemorate the nearly 700 Georgia law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Lilburn’s 2015 National Night Out was awarded 27th place out of 220 similarly-sized cities nationwide by the National Association of Town Watch, which heads up the event on the first Tuesday of August across the U.S. and Canada. The event is organized locally by the Lilburn Police Department and SafetySmart Lilburn Inc.

National Night Out in Lilburn
Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn, GA 30047