Butler County police departments will continue to host community events this month as part of National Night Out.
Monroe’s National Night Out is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, according to Officer Josh King.
The event at Monroe High School, 220 Yankee Road, will feature free hot dogs and drinks, a skydiving performance from Team Fastrax, a police canine demonstration, the monster truck “Little One,” inflatables and raffles.
Hamilton’s Police Open House will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at police department headquarters, 331 S. Front St.
The event will feature free food, department tours, an opportunity to explore various vehicles and pieces of equipment, inflatables for children, and face painting.
The open house overlaps with a concert featuring Back in Black, an AC/DC tribute band, going on a few blocks away at RiversEDGE Amphitheatre.
Middletown residents gathered Tuesday night, Aug. 1, for free food and fun activities that celebrated the local police department.
Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said the 17th annual event was more than a way for the police and community to interact.
“It’s just a chance to come out and meet your law enforcement personnel and people in the community, whether it’s businesses or schools. Everybody’s out here tonight. It’s the place to be.”
The event typically attracts 3,000 to 4,000 people, according to Muterspaw. He estimated that as many as 5,000 people were expected this year.
Helping to attract crowds may have been the addition of free entertainment, including a showing of the movie “Sing!”