The Red Oak Police Department hopes to continue the success of past local National Night Out events with the eighth annual Red Oak National Night Out from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Red Oak City Park.

“Last year we had over 2,500 people attend and we expect even more this year,” Red Oak Police Department Lt. Boyd Brock said. “We encourage all residents in and around Red Oak to participate in the going away party for crime and drugs.”

The event is part of the 24th annual National Night Out, which last year included events in 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.

“It should be a fun night,” Brock said. “This is a free event for the citizens and the kids to bring drug awareness to everybody.”

Building off of past events, Brock has once again invited CareFlight and PHI Med Star helicopters to the event, which will land in the south portion of the park, allowing children and adults an up-close view of the helicopters. CareFlite is scheduled to land at 6:30 p.m. and PHI Med Star at 7:30 p.m.

“Those guys are so good. They’ve been great,” Brock said of CareFlite and PHI Med Star. “It’s always great to have them show up.”

Brock invites local business and organizations to occupy booths in support of the event.

“Lots of people come out and give away food. As a matter of fact, I’m still looking for a couple of businesses to provide food,” Brock said. “We should have a lot of booths set up with people from the city with their own businesses coming out.”

To register for a booth, call Brock at the Red Oak Police Department at (972) 617-7632 by Monday, July 30.

The event will feature a disc jockey, Model T car club, a NASCAR racing team, jumping booths, pony rides, live music, displays by local law enforcement and emergency services, child finger printing and U.S. military displays.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen the neighborhood spirit and police and community relationships and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

“This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation,” said national project coordinator Matt Peskin. “On Aug. 7, we invite neighborhoods and businesses to join us in giving crime and drugs a going away party.”

For more information, contact Brock at the department or by e-mail at bbrock@redoaktx.com. Visit www.red-oaktx.org/ropd.htm or www.nationalnightout.org for more information.

E-mail Mandy at mandy.bourgeois@elliscountychronicle.com.