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It is the fifth year Farmington police hosted event

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FARMINGTON — The Farmington Police Department is set for this year's National Night Out event, which gives citizens a chance to interact with police officers in a family-friendly setting.

The event is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Berg Park at 400 Scott Ave., according to police spokesperson Nicole Brown.

National Night Out is a nationwide event generally held on the first Tuesday in August each year. The Aztec Police Department hosts its National Night Out event on the first Tuesday of July.

Farmington police hosts its event in October to avoid competing with events like the Connie Mack World Series and the San Juan County Fair.

It is the fifth-annual National Night Out event for Farmington police.

The first event was held at Brookside Park on Oct. 10, 2015, according to The Daily Times archives.

It was moved to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Farmington for the 2016 and 2017.

Last year, it was relocated to Berg Park, moving locations as the event grew larger each year.

The department enjoys holding the event at Berg Park as they have room to expand in the future, Brown said.

"We really enjoy the concept of offering families a safe night out," Brown said.

The event helps the community, including children, become acquainted with police officers and ensure they are approachable if children are seeking help, Brown said.

Activities including the inflatable human foosball table are returning, along with the trackless train ride for small children.

A cookie decorating booth will be set up and hot chocolate and warm apple cider will be served for free.

The only activity that will require money is a donation to allow citizens to challenge Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe and Farmington Fire Chief David Burke to a round of laser target shooting.

The money will be donated to the Children's Hope Foundation, a non-profit which provides financial assistance to family and children diagnosed with diseases, including cancer.

Farmington firefighters will start selling their annual Farmington Fire Department's breast cancer awareness shirt, which benefits the San Juan Medical Foundation's Cathy Lincoln Fund.

Food trucks, including the Hungry Husky and Chavo's Street Tacos, will on site and selling food to those who attend.

Some City of Farmington agencies will also have booths set up at the event.

Multiple police vehicles, including the mobile command unit, will be on display.

Joshua Kellogg covers breaking news for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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