MANNING - Law enforcement agencies in Clarendon County are joining hands with the community to celebrate National Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at J.C. Britton Park, 3057 Raccoon Road.
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Children from across Clarendon County are invited to attend the annual event that is held the first Tuesday in August.
Nationwide, millions of children and adults participate in National Night Out in thousands of communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide by joining hands with local law enforcement agencies to bridge the gap between communities and law enforcement. Local law enforcement officers will be on hand greeting and chatting with the children throughout the event.
"I am very excited about this year's event," said Constable Lawrence Hammett with the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office and coordinator of this year's event. "We have a lot of vendors who will be participating. We have an ice cream truck, snow cones and lot of other vendors, and we have free school supplies."
In past years, NNO has been a huge success with hundreds of children attending the event each year.
"Over the years, the program has really grown," Hammett added. "We hope this year will be even better than before. It's all about the children."
In 1970, years before NNO was founded, a community watch program volunteer in Philadelphia who also worked in cooperation with a local police department reached out to surrounding communities for assistance in providing a platform where law enforcement officers and communities could communicate better. With a few changes and improvements, NNO was established in 1984. In its first year, the event reached more than 2.5 million children and adults in more than 400 communities in 23 states.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Manning Elementary School gymnasium, 311 W. Boyce St.
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