PILOT MOUNTAIN — Serving the public is the primary goal of the Pilot Mountain Police Department. The annual National Night Out event on Aug. 4 is one way the department works toward its goal.
Established by the National Association of Town Watch in 1984, National Night Out is a community building campaign aimed at enhancing the relationship between neighborhoods and law enforcement agencies. Neighbors are encouraged to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors, and join their community in crime prevention.
“It gives us a chance to meet folks, and the community a chance to see agencies in a different light,” said Police Chief Darryl Bottoms, noting that most people only engage with the police in their worst moments.
The Pilot Mountain Police Department has been observing National Night Out for seven years. Held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot outside Town Hall, the community celebration includes music played by a DJ, dunking booth, and free hot dogs and drinks. Hot-dog toppings are being provided by Food Lion of Pilot Mountain.
With more than 300 people in attendance, Bottoms said, “last year was our biggest event yet.”
Neighboring agencies, including the sheriff’s office, police departments, rescue squads, fire departments, and animal control have been invited to participate. “They usually all come,” said Bottoms.
“We want people to come out to support the community and learn how we can fight crime together,” Bottoms explained.
Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @PilotReporter.