Keeping children safe. Protection of both person and property.
These are just a few topics the public will have a chance to discuss Tuesday with local law enforcement officers during a community-wide event at a local fast food restaurant.
The Craig Police Department and Wendy's are teaming up to host the fourth National Night Out community policing program in Craig. The event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
"It's a general opportunity to meet officers, but it's also our opportunity to allow the public to come to a place and get information," Sgt. Bill Leonard said. "There's a lot of quality safety information, ways the public can protect themselves, their homes and their kids."
National Night Out is a program that promotes crime prevention activities, safety programs, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie for a safer community.
Members of the police department, Craig Regional Communication Center, Colo-
rado State Patrol, Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff's Office and Moffat County Victim's Advocate Program will attend the event at Wendy's.
The following activities will be available Tuesday night: appearances by the new 911 mascot Red E. Fox, Eddie Eagle, McGruff the Crime Dog, patrol car and fire truck rides, free child identification kits, free bike registration, free gun safety locks and free safety coloring books. Information on other police-community programs, including the citizen police academy, citizen radar, business protection, methamphetamine awareness, personal safety, child safety and victim advocates will also be available.
Wendy's will offer free Frostys to children younger than 12.
The police also ask local residents to leave their porch lights on as a national symbol of citizens taking a stand against crime.
Leonard pitched Tuesday's event as a community gathering -- with a purpose.
"It's just kind of a way to get together, meet the officers and make it less of a hassle to get information and learn about all aspects of public service," he said.
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