Bethany Harding helps her son Cooper, 1, put a handprint on one of Middletown Division of Police cruisers to show support for the department during Middletown's National Night Out event Tuesday, Aug. 1.

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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.

Middletown Police canine Chase jumps hurdles for a demonstration during Middletown's National Night Out event Tuesday, Aug. 1. 

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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 held their National Night Out event Tuesday, Aug. 1. 

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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.

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“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.”

Dozens of booths were set up from area agencies, Gold Star Chili was giving out cheese coneys and Kona Ice had free shaved ice for attendees at Middletown’s National Night Out event Tuesday, Aug. 1. 

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!”

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