National Night out returns to the Valley

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MID-HUDSON – National Night Out, the annual event to bring the police and community together in a festive atmosphere, will be taking place in many communities across the Hudson Valley on Tuesday, August 2.

In Poughkeepsie, the event will be held in front of city hall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

City of Poughkeepsie Police Detective Karen Zirbel, who also serves as one of the school resource officers in the city works every year to make the event a success.  “We have tried to bring together community-based organizations as well as all different entities of emergency services to make a fun evening in Poughkeepsie,” she said.

This year the free event is bringing several organizations and departments together to give the community insight into the various services and programs that are available year-round.  According to Zirbel, the 2022 event has approximately about 70 booths or tables of government and community organizations along with police from Wappingers Falls, State Police, the Town of Poughkeepsie, and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.

Detective Zirbel noted that the department has several new officers and this is an excellent opportunity to meet them.  “Not all kids get to go on vacations or get out of Poughkeepsie so this is a way to bring a little fun to the neighborhood.”

It will also have City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department apparatus and firefighters giving tours of their rigs.  Police K9 units will be on hand for the community to meet the four-legged crimefighters and their human partners.

Meanwhile, in Orange County, District Attorney David Hoovler announced that he, and members of his staff will appear at the ten National Night Out Against Crime events being held in the county as part of the District Attorney’s community prosecution initiative.

Hoovler will personally appear at multiple venues.

At each of the locations, the District Attorney’s Office will have a table staffed by assistant
district attorneys who will display literature publicizing the agency’s community
prosecution program.

The staff will also offer free items designed to provide the public with information that might be valuable in crime prevention.

NNO events in Orange County will be held in the City of Newburgh, City of Middletown, City of Port Jervis, Town of Wallkill, Town of Mount Hope, Town of Crawford, Town of Newburgh, Town of New Windsor, Village of Highland Falls, and Village of Warwick.