VANDALIA & BUTLER TOWNSHIP – Police and citizens of Vandalia and Butler Township gathered at National Night Out events on Tuesday evening to celebrate crime prevention, neighborhoods, and police-community partnerships.
The events were held as part of the National Association of Town Watch’s annual observance that includes over 16,000 communities across the United States.
Butler Township held their event at the Stonespring Community and included food, child slides, food vendors, and canine Zorro. The police and fire departments had apparatus and vehicles on display.
“The National Night Out is a great way for our officers to connect with the community,” said Butler Township Police Chief John Cresie. “In this political environment that we are in creating relationships and community oriented policing is more important than ever.”
Cresie also thanked Stonespring Community for providing the food, children’s activities and raffle prizes.
“This is a great location for this event with an enclosed space kids can enjoy themselves,” said Cresie. “Stonespring really works hard at this event. This is our third year of having this event and Stonespring has been great partners every year and we are excited about their partnership in this event.”
Vandalia’s event was held at the Vandalia Sports Complex and included a cruise-in, child fingerprinting, gun lock giveaways, bicycle helmets, as well as fire and police vehicles on display.
“We hold this event to raise awareness that we can all work together to make a better community through crime prevention, getting to know your neighbors, and getting to know police officers,” said Vandalia Crime Prevention Officer Doug Nagel. “All of these organizations came to us and wanted to participate because they wanted to contribute to this event. We are grateful for their stepping up.”
Vandalia’s National Night Out was sponsored by Crossroads Rehab and Nursing, VFW Post 9582, Abbey Credit Union, and Dayton Children’s Hospital.