Forest Preserve District of Will County Police are partnering with Crete, Monee, and Peotone police departments to offer a free "National Night Out" event on Tuesday, August 3, at Monee Reservoir.
Other agencies scheduled to be present include Special Olympics of Illinois and Laraway Communications Center. Activities will be offered from 5-7:30 p.m. Area residents are encouraged to attend to get to know their local first responders in a fun and positive way.
“'National Night Out' was created to enhance relationships with the public and law enforcement,” said Tracy Chapman, the Forest Preserve’s public safety administrator.
“Law enforcement officers are a part of the community, and we want to encourage positive relationships within the forest preserves and communities that surround us," she added. "We invite people to this event to see the unique vehicles and other ways we patrol including bicycles, ATVs and UTVs, and we want people to get to know the officers outside of an emergency or enforcement interaction.”
Chapman said she looked at National Night Out events being planned for other parts of Will County and realized the county's east side seemed underrepresented. So by combining with other small departments and hosting it at the Forest Preserve’s Monee Reservoir, the event is a nice addition to the local National Night Out lineup.
The August 3 event at Monee Reservoir will be filled with fun and informative activities including:
- “Try It!” free fishing and instruction
- Music by Harmonica Jack
- Child IDs
- Boat rentals
- Bounce house
- Popcorn machine
- Information tent and handouts
- A meet and greet with first responders
- Photo opportunities with emergency vehicles and Willy the Woodchuck, the Forest Preserve’s mascot.
The event is designed to establish a healthy relationship between neighbors and law enforcement and promote collaboration and a sense of community by bringing everyone together under positive circumstances.
For more information, visit the National Night Out website.