Spencer to host second North Rowan National Night – Salisbury Post

SPENCER — The town of Spencer is bringing National Night Out back to Park Plaza on August 2.

Spencer is hosting the event, but city police chief Mike File said it was for the entire North Rowan community and East Spencer was invited. The event is one of many hosted by local police departments across the country that night. Some departments have held their own edition for years, and Spencer’s first event in 2021 was more successful than expected.

File said the city didn’t officially track attendance last year, but the city estimates about 400 people attended.

Whoever Will Let Them Come Ministries Pastor Chris Brown volunteered to prepare all the free food last year, and the church gave away the 400 hot dogs she prepared for the event. The church is donating food again this year and bringing even more.

The events aim to build better relationships between local police departments and the communities they police. File said it’s always helpful for community members to be able to put a face to department officers.

“Having the opportunity to meet this audience and make this one-on-one connection really helps us, because in a time when the public is calling out to us for help, they have a familiar face,” File said. . “I really think it’s beneficial.”

File said the city is bringing back everything it had last year: emergency vehicle displays, information booths hosted by local organizations and a crash simulator. The department adds an impaired driving re-enactment at 6:30 p.m. in the form of a unique demonstration that begins with blue lights and sirens.

The filing said the department was working with some mutual aid departments for reconstruction and bringing in wrecked vehicles, firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS). The demonstration will include emergency response training, such as how to get trapped passengers out of a vehicle.

“Besides that, it’s very similar to what we did last year as an open forum for the community to meet and greet,” File said.

File said the only national-level involvement from the city was registering the event with the national organization, which keeps track of where and how many National Night Out events are held each year. .

File says there are national sponsors but the city solicits its own support from local organizations. This year’s sponsors are Cheerwine, Food Lion, Civic Federal Credit Union and George Hamm Used Auto Parts.

The city also credits a long list of community partners who participated in the event: Spencer Moose Lodge, the NC Transportation Museum, New Hope Baptist Church, The Terrie Hess House, Communities in Schools, Fire and Public Works Departments from Spencer, Bob Ware Racing, Rowan County EMS and Novant Health.

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