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K9 Demos, Helicopter, Petting Zoo Highlight Tuesday's MTPD National Night Out

By TAPINTONORTHPENN.NET STAFF

August 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

A petting zoo, a Medevac helicopter tour, K9 demonstrations and free food are just some of the highlights of Montgomery Township Police’s National Night Out event Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Target in Witchwood Plaza, off Knapp Road.

The event boasts free funnel cake, water ice and cotton candy.

In addition to the K9 demos and the helicopter landing, attendees can marvel at the police’s bike unit and fire equipment. Parents can get facts on child seat safety and traffic safety.

Children can pass the time in the petting zoo, or in one of the moon bounces. There will be face painting and a DJ.

Special guests from the local community include representatives from State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf’s office and Rep. Todd Stephens. Laurel House Women’s Shelter and Victim Services of Montgomery County will appear, as will Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale representatives and Montgomery Township Parks and Recreation.

National Night Out is an opportunity for neighborhoods and police to come together in the name of safety and community partnerships, all while finding more about crime prevention.

The event was started in 1984 by National Association of Town Watch Executive Director Matt Peskin. In its inaugural year, the event drew 2.5 million people in 400 communities across 23 states. Today, more than 37 million people attend National Night Out events in their towns each year.