Planning a National Night Out event? Edmonds police ask that you keep streets clear

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Tuesday, Aug. 4 is the National Night Out, a time for communities to come together in a night out against crime. In years past, the City of Edmonds and Edmonds Police Department have taken part in Edmonds Night Out with a main event at the Frances Anderson Center playfield. The Edmonds Police Foundation has traditionally sponsored this event but was unable to do so this year.

Since communities are now organizing their own neighborhood gatherings, the Edmonds Police Department would like to remind citizens that blocking streets for such events is illegal. There is an extensive permitting process and stringent requirements must be met for road closures, police add.

“While we very much support the efforts of our residents to come together, the safety and liability considerations associated with unauthorized street closures are not worth the potential risks,” said Edmonds Assistant Chief of Police Jim Lawless. “We have to be able to maintain resident and emergency vehicle access to all roads.”

“Edmonds PD is grateful for the relationship that it has with its residents and applauds the communities who are organizing neighborhood events,” said spokesman Sgt. Josh McClure in an announcement Tuesday. ” If you are hosting an event, please feel free to let EPD know and they will do all they can to have an officer make an appearance at your event.”

You can contact the police online here.

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