The Roswell Police Department and Roswell Fire Department invite the public to join them at National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center (1402 W. College Blvd.) from 5 to 8 p.m.
Other agencies planning to take part in this annual free event are the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, Dexter Fire Department, Sierra Fire Department, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico Mounted Patrol, Chaves County Detention Center, New Mexico Adult Probation and Parole Office, ambulance company American Medical Response, and medical flight provider Trans Aero MedEvac.
Other participating entities are Pioneer Bank, Roswell Community Disaster Relief Services, Pecos Valley Public Services, Lovelace Medical Center, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, State Farm Insurance, and the New Mexico Department of Health.
The law enforcement, fire and medical agencies will have some of their vehicles and equipment at the event for people to check out firsthand while visiting with the emergency responders. During the event, the outdoor pool will be open to the public for free. There will be “jolly jumpers” and carnival games for kids to enjoy. The event will feature free hot dogs, chips, water and soda. Free raffles will take place.
In addition, school supplies will be given away while supplies last. The school supplies are for children in kindergarten through high school. A child must be present at National Night Out to receive the school supplies. RPD has organized a school-supply drive to collect the items to be handed out at National Night Out. Donations of school supplies can be dropped off at the police department (128 W. Second St.), Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center (1402 W. College Blvd.), Roswell City Hall (425 N. Richardson Ave.) or any Roswell fire station.
National Night Out began in 1984 as a way for communities across the country to build relationships among citizens and police, fire and medical emergency responders, while also raising crime-prevention awareness. Thousands of communities in all 50 states and U.S. territories, as well as in Canada, hold local events each year. Most National Night Out events are held on the first Tuesday in August, although some states hold events at other times.
To inquire about becoming a sponsor or other contributor to this year’s National Night Out, call Officer Da’Za’Nique Kidd at 760-238-0653.
RPD and RFD thank the following businesses, organizations and public entities for their financial and other support of National Night Out in Roswell: Lopez Insurance and Financial Services, Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art/Sally Anderson, Ooy’s House, Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, McDonald’s, Pioneer Bank, Albertsons (West Second Street and South Main Street), Starbucks, L&F Distributors, Admiral Beverage, Pepsi, Whataburger, Bahama Buck’s, Sergio Jimenez (Lets Play Entertainment), Taylor Orthodontics, State Farm-Alisha Rincon, Leprino Foods, New Mexico Mounted Patrol, Church on the Move, Trans Aero MedEvac, Tate Branch Auto Group, Roswell Community Disaster Relief Services, Pecos Valley Public Services, Engstrom Eye Center, Roswell Police Officers Association, Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center, and City of Roswell.