By Jessica Creagan
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- For the 15th year, local law enforcement agencies are bringing attention to crime and drug prevention with National Night Out.
The outdoor event, held in two locations in Indian River County on Oct. 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit through community, business and local law enforcement partnership by generating support for and participation in local anti-crime and personal safety efforts.
Although this is the 15th year Indian River County has participated in National Night Out, it is the 30th annual, said Deputy Roberta Barker with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office crime prevention unit.
The Indian River County Sheriff's Office and the Vero Beach Police Department will be at Riverside Park in Vero Beach, providing information for the public along with other agencies and vendors, Deputy Barker said.
"We want to send a message to all the criminals out there to let them know we're watching," she said.
Helicopters and other law enforcement vehicles will be on display, and K9 officers will also participate in the event.
Food vendors and other businesses with crime prevention activities or tools will also be at the park, said Deputy Barker.
The Sebastian Police Department, along with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, will have a simultaneous event in Sebastian's Riverview Park, said Officer Steve Marcinik with the Sebastian Police Department.
"We are asking our residents to spend the evening outside with their neighbors, local businesses, law enforcement and the General Federation of Women's Clubs Sebastian Woman's Club," Officer Marcinik said in a press release.
K9 demonstrations, child fingerprinting, blood drive, non-perishable food drive, fire trucks and more will be at the event, Officer Marcinik said.
When neighborhoods are organized and watching out for each other, it sends a message to potential criminals, he said.
Holmes Regional's Firstflight helicopter and the three-time world champion "Second Amendment" racing speedboat will also on be display at Riverview Park.
For more information about National Night Out at Riverside Park in Vero Beach, call Deputy Barker at (772) 770-5028.
For more information about National Night Out at Riverview Park in Sebastian, call Officer Marcinik at (772) 388-4432.