Gathering designed to connect officers with residents

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FARMINGTON — The Farmington Police Department will present its annual National Night Out event Tuesday, and official hope residents attend to become more acquainted with the law enforcement agency.

Members of the department are eager for the event Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Farmington, spokeswoman Georgette Allen said.

The national event, typically held on the first Tuesday in August, is designed to create a positive environment to help connect officers with members of the community.

Farmington police hold the event in October to avoid competing with other events, including the San Juan County Fair and the Connie Mack World Series.

"The whole purpose behind National Night Out is saying crime isn't welcome in the community," Allen said.

Allen believes this year's event will be bigger than last year's.

There will be multiple activities and booths set up at the event, which also provides an opportunity for residents to speak to officers, and receive information and tips on reporting a crime.

Information on topics including bullying, cybercrime, identity theft and domestic violence will be shared in a booklet distributed at the event.

Coloring books for children addressing several safety topics also will be distributed.

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All the activities except the pie toss at police Chief Steve Hebbe will be free. Participation in that activity will cost $2 per pie, and the money will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Farmington, Allen said.

Bubble soccer and a police pumpkin pick are some of the other activities to be featured at the event. In bubble soccer, players put on a clear plastic bubble suits that cover their upper torso and run into each other while playing soccer.

Children will be able to select a pumpkin from a patch with the help of an officer, Allen said.

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The Gluttonous Pig and Johnny O's Spudnuts will have food trucks set up at the event.

Members of the department's recruiting division will be on hand to run a mini-fitness test. Several vehicles from the department, including the Bearcat tactical vehicle and mobile command unit, will be on display and open for tours.

Allen said she enjoys how National Night Out brings community members together to have a good time.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

If you go

What: Farmington Police Department National Night Out event

When: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Farmington, 1925 Positive Way

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