After a year’s absence, Edmonds on Tuesday night relaunched its unique Night Out Against Crime celebration with demonstrations, face painting, bouncy toys, tours of fire trucks and police cars, and even a chance to pat Dash, the handsome four-legged star of Edmonds’ K-9 unit. The event was canceled last year due to city budget cuts, which limited the availability of staff to attend the event.
According to event coordinator Robin Heslop, there are two main reasons why the Edmonds event occurs the week before National Night Out Against Crime activities, which happen on Aug. 3 in most communities nationwide. First, such scheduling allows the city to avoid conflicts with emergency responders, who are often asked to staff several events on one night, and second, it permits local sponsors to contribute to the Edmonds event. (The National Night Out organization prohibits local sponsors from participating, Heslop said.)
The Edmonds Police Foundation would like to thank the generous sponsors who made the event possible, including Allstate Insurance Company, Campbell-Nelson VW Nissan, Chevron, The Hagen Firm PLLC, The McDevitt Family and Edmonds QFC.