DPD hosts annual National Night Out

Published 6:38 pm Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Ross Martial Arts fight team held a demonstration during Tuesday's National Night Out event at the Demopolis Middle School football field.

The Ross Martial Arts fight team held a demonstration during Tuesday’s National Night Out event at the Demopolis Middle School football field.

The Demopolis Police Department hosted its seventh annual National Night Out event Tuesday.

The event offered something for everyone, as there were bounce houses, a dunk tank and food, as well as different organizations providing information to local citizens about services they offer.

“It’s great to see the community out together to enjoy a night against crime as a unified force,” DPD Chief Tommie Reese said. “I hope this event helps the citizens understand that we’re concerned about their needs, their safety and their well-being. We’re here to help everyone become better citizens.”

There was an inflatable slide for children to play on during the event.

There was an inflatable slide for children to play on during the event.

In addition to DPD, other organizations at the event were the Demopolis Fire Department, the 17th Judicial Drug Task Force, Department of Human Resources, Amstar, the Demopolis Citizens Police Academy, the Theo Ratliff Activity Center and more.

Ross Martial Arts brought their fight team to give a demonstration of what they do as well.

“This has evolved into something big,” Reese added. “This is like Christmas on the River for law enforcement.”

He added that it also serves as a back-to-school event for children.

“With school starting the following Monday, it gives kids a chance to get out a few days before school starts back and have a good time,” Reese said.