Every year the first Tuesday of August is National Night Out, an opportunity to show neighborhood spirit and strengthen partnerships with local police. For Charles County is the biggest block party of the year and neighborhoods throughout St. Charles celebrate in style. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with residents of every neighborhood in St. Charles.Each community puts a personal touch to their event. At Sheffield, there is music and food at the neighborhood center, and inflatable rides for kids; Hampshire sets up games and booths around the lake; Bannister, Wakefield and Huntington each hold catered parties at the swimming pool with expanded offerings for kids; and Dorchester and Lancaster hold their celebrations at the neighborhood center and pool. All neighborhoods encourage residents to turn on porch lights to signal their support and participation. The Sheriff’s Office will also host its annual coloring contest for NNO participants between ages 4 and 12.
Sheriff Coffey, Commanders and other Sheriff’s officers will also visit participating neighborhoods, and McGruff the Crime Dog and his nephew Scruff will make appearances, too.
Neighborhoods not yet registered participate still have time. For information, call Community Organizer Connie Gray at (301) 932-3080.