The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit was one of several participants of the National Night Out event held in West Pelzer last Tuesday. Children enjoyed meeting one of the K9s that was there. The West Pelzer Fire Department had a pumper truck on display and held an extrication demonstration. West Pelzer Police Chief Scott Stoller talked with residents and the Anderson County SWAT team vehicle was on display.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. According to their website, National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday and other dates in August. Events include neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and more.