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Bangor community invited to join officers at 'National Night Out' event

The event will happen Tuesday, August 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Second Street Park in Bangor.

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Police Department is hosting a National Night Out event Tuesday night at Second Street Park in Bangor.

Community members are invited to join officers for free food, ice cream, popcorn, cotton candy, a bike raffle, games, and more.

The event will happen Tuesday, August 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event is for all ages and will also include lawn games, a bounce house sponsored by Bangor Saving Bank, and a free BBQ sponsored by Shaw’s Supermarket. 

Bangor Police Department's Officer Elizabeth Ashe said Dicks Sporting Goods will be at the event, raffling off prizes with DJs from I-95 radio (95.7 FM) playing classic rock tunes.

The Darling’s Ice Cream truck will also be there, working to raise money for the Biker Church or the “Brick Church," a certified, local charity that provides shelter, food, and supportive programs for community members experiencing homelessness.

Most importantly, the event gives people an opportunity to connect with its local officers.

"It provides a venue for more easy conversation than you would normally have with a police officer, cause generally, people are calling us when they are not having the best day of their life, they are calling 911 cause they are in a state on emergency, so having a barbeque in a park in a more relaxed setting, promotes this open line of communication and creates a space for dialogue between the PD and the public," said Bangor Police Department's Officer Elizabeth Ashe.

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