The Powell Police Department will host a National Night Out celebration from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, on the Village Green Park, 47 Hall St., Powell.

The Powell Police Department will host a National Night Out celebration from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, on the Village Green Park, 47 Hall St., Powell.

"It's a nationwide event hosted by police departments throughout the country. It's an evening designed to foster crime prevention awareness and community spirit," said Sgt. Scott Roach.

The annual event is held on the first Tuesday in August. The National Association of Town Watch started the event 25 years ago.

This year, the police department and the Powell Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association worked to make the event larger than in previous years.

"We've reached out to a number of the city's homeowners associations and vendors and asked them each to put on an activity," Roach said. "At the end of the night, people can vote on the best vendor and the best HOA activities. The winner will receive a plaque and bragging rights."

The activities include make-your-own-trail-mix, a lollipop tree, face painting and a CSI-style mystery to solve.

The Liberty Township Fire Department will have the smoke house on location, as well as fire prevention information.

Representatives of several agencies, including the United States Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the American Red Cross and the U.S. Marshal's Office will talk about what they do in the community and how the agencies work together with the city police, Roach said.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will bring animals to educate and entertain folks, and the rock band Six Pack Theory will perform. Rita's Italian Ice will give out free treats.

City police will hand out information about the Citizens Police Academy, the department, the motor scooter law and the new booster seat law that took effect last year. Officers will be present to meet residents and answer any questions.

"The importance of the evening is that we're saying, 'We're not going to put up with crime in our neighborhood and we stand up for it with fostering community spirit,'" Roach said.

The event strengthens the relationship between the residents and their law enforcement professionals, Roach said.

For more information on Powell's event visit www.cityofpowell.us/event-NatlNightOut or contact Roach by phone at (614) 885-5005 or by e-mail at sroach@cityofpowell.us. More information about National Night Out can be found at www.nationaltownwatch.org.