National Night Out focuses on camaraderie

The Farmington Police Department will host its National Night Out on Tuesday at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Farmington

Hannah Grover
Tee Williams, center, plays a game at the Farmington Police Department's National Night Out last year on Oct. 10 at Brookside Park in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Police Department's National Night Out will give community members an opportunity to interact with officers in a positive environment.

National Night Out is a community-building campaign that takes place throughout the country.

Many police departments host events in August. But August is often a busy time for Farmington officers, with the Connie Mack World Series and San Juan County Fair, said Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen. The first Tuesday of October is an alternative date the National Association of Town Watch — the organization that developed the National Night Out campaign — set for events.

Farmington's National Night Out will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Farmington, 1825 19th St.

"It's for the community to come together with law enforcement to take a stand against crime," Allen said.

During the event, the Helpful Heroes Junior Civitans Club will launch its Back the Blue campaign. Allen said members of the club snapped photos with officers to create "trading cards" featuring each officer. The cards include short biographers about the officers, as well as their mottos. The club will sell the cards at businesses throughout the community.

Rebecca Ross puts the finishing touches on Farmington Police Department Chief Steve Hebbe's mustache during the department's National Night Out last year on Oct. 10 at Brookside Park in Farmington.

Allen said two fundraising events will also take place during National Night Out — a three-on-three basketball tournament and a chance to dunk Farmington police Chief Steve Hebbe.

Proceeds from the fundraisers will support programs at the Boys and Girls Club.

The event will also feature many popular activities from last year, such as the pumpkin pick, cookie decorating, bicycle safety demonstrations and Farmington Police Department K-9 unit demonstrations. Other activities include bubble soccer and face painting.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.