Butler County events tonight will help connect community, police

Several police departments will showcase what they do for their communities on Tuesday with the annual National Night Out.

Fairfield will host its National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fairfield Justice Center and feature, among other things, police and SWAT vehicles, tours of the police station and K-9 demonstrations, fire vehicles, city service booths, music and inflatables.

“It’s an opportunity for us to engage with the community, and build stronger ties with the community,” said Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard.

Many Butler and Warren county agencies will host their own versions of National Night Out, which is an extension of community policing, he said.

“You certainly want to be proactive in your community, going out and trying to build those relationships,” Maynard said. “This is just one way we try to interact with the community.”

Ross Twp. Police said they would be participating in Fairfield’s National Night Out event.

Middletown Division of Police hosts its annual National Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at Smith Park.

This year's event, among other things, features Team Fastrax skydivers, free Gold Star Chili coneys, Kona Ice, live music and medical helicopter demonstrations. There will also be demonstrations by the city's special response team and K-9 unit. For a complete list activities, visit Middletown's Facebook page.

The Hamilton Police Department Open House is set for 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at police headquarters, 331 S. Front St.

The department has partnered with Lindenwald Baptist Church and local community groups to expand its version of National Night Out. They feature food samples, which are free.

There are several vendors that will set up, including Women Helping Women, Primary Health Solutions, Ohio Means Jobs, the Butler County Health District and the Hamilton Fire Department.

There will be displays of OVI goggles, Segways and the city’s SWAT team.

“Our goal is to be a vital part of our community,” said Sgt. Richard Burkhardt. “We are hopeful that the open house will reflect that and draw people in to see what we are all about.”

Other National Night Out events include:

Franklin Police Department's second annual National Night Out from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Community Park, 306 E. Second St. Franklin's event is a crime prevention and safety fair that will feature police officers, vehicles and equipment, police K-9 demonstration, and crime prevention-themed organizations.

There will also be food, and activities and games for children entertained.

Carlisle Police Department's annual National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Roscoe Roof Park, 601 Beachler Road.

The event will feature free pizza, hot dogs and drinks. Addition, skydivers and a K-9 demonstration are planned for the event, along with other displays and activities.

The Monroe Police Department held its annual National Night Out on Thursday. Police Chief Bob Buchanan said they hold it on a different night so it does not conflict with other communities. He said an estimated 6,000 people attended the Thursday event at Monroe High School.

Buchanan said the event gives police officers and the community to get to know each other in a non-enforcement capacity or patrolling the neighborhoods.

One feature was missing from the 2019 event as medical helicopters that are usually on hand were unable to fly on Thursday because of President Donald Trump’s rally at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati.