Farmington's National Night Out event is Tuesday afternoon

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FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield and Farmington police departments are hosting events over the next month in a effort to help promote their partnership with the community.

The Farmington Police Department is relocating its annual National Night Out event Tuesday to a new venue as the event continues to grow.

The event scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Berg Park is expected to be bigger than last year's event at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Farmington, according to Farmington police spokesperson Georgette Allen.

"As it continues to grow, we knew we would have to eventually move it," Allen said. "Berg Park is a gem in our community."

National Night Out is nationwide event typically held on the first Tuesday in August, but some local police departments stage the event at a different time so as not to conflict with the Connie Mack World Series. The Aztec Police Department presents its National Night Out event in July. 

Some of the activities at Tuesday's event at Berg Park will include a trackless train ride for children and human foosball, according to Allen. Vendors at the event also will have free activities for community members to enjoy.

It was important for Farmington police to have a nearly-free event for the community, Allen said.

The only activity that requires money is a fundraiser for a local nonprofit organization The "Whack-a-Chief" activity will allow citizens to donate to the Children's Hope Foundation.

By making a donation, citizens will be allowed to wield an inflatable hammer to strike Farmington police Chief Steve Hebbe and Farmington fire Chief David Burke in an inflatable game designed like whack-a-mole.

The foundation also will have a booth where it will share information on its goal of providing financial assistance to the families of children diagnosed with diseases such as cancer.

Along with the fire and police department, other city of Farmington departments will be taking part in the event this year.

The city's public works department will be on hand to discuss water conservation tips as the stage 2 water restriction remains in effect due to the drought, according to Allen.

A regional McDonald's franchisee, Bronson Family McDonald's, will be distributing free hamburgers, and there will be free water and Gatorade.

The Bloomfield Police Department is launching a new event called Party in the Park from 3 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Salmon Park, according to administrative supervisor Suzanne Moore.

Interim police Chief Randon Matthews was interested in organizing a new event for the department to work on its relationship with the community and promote its neighborhood watch program, according to Moore.

Multiple inflatable attractions including a slide will be set up, and a DJ will play music and oversee dance contests at the event.

Hot dogs will be given away, along with inflatable toys for children.

The event will occur at the same time as the annual Posole Cookoff and vendor fair at Salmon Park. The cookoff is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomfield.

Bloomfield police also are preparing for the department's annual Halloween carnival on Oct. 30 at the Bloomfield High School.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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