Whitehall is scaling back its National Night Out event this year, shifting the location of the annual summer event from John Bishop Park to the Whitehall Division of Police, 365 S. Yearling Road

Whitehall is scaling back its National Night Out event this year, shifting the location of the annual summer event from John Bishop Park to the Whitehall Division of Police, 365 S. Yearling Road

Whitehall has hosted a National Night Out since 2005, in conjunction with thousands of other cities in the United States, held on the first Tuesday of August.

This year, Whitehall will recognize National Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, on the front lawn of the Whitehall Division of Police, 365 S. Yearling Road.

In past years, Whitehall's effort attracted thousands of visitors to Bishop Park for live music, food trucks, children's games and free hot dogs. The venue also was used to share information about social programs and to showcase nonprofit and civic organizations.

This year's event will focus less on entertainment and more on the origins of National Night Out, designed to encouraged to greet neighbors and leave lights on to deter crime.

"This year's event will focus more on the original purpose of the National Night Out movement, which is educating our local residents about safety within our community," said Kristen Hampton-Harmon, community-affairs coordinator for the city of Whitehall.

Harmon said the city would promote the Food Truck and Fun Festival as the city's mid-summer destination festival while shifting the focus of National Night Out to a public-relations outreach to adults and especially children and adolescents regarding public safety.

"We want to give our Whitehall citizens a more personable and interactive experience with our police and fire departments this year," Harmon said.

The police and fire departments will have vehicles on display, and local civic organizations will staff informational booths.

An inflatable obstacle course and interactive stations will be provided for children.

In the past, Whitehall City Council has met outdoors at John Bishop Park in conjunction with National Night Out, but members will meet on the steps of Whitehall City Hall, 360 S. Yearling Road, at 7 p.m. Aug. 6.

Target, Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge 9 and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1729 are sponsors of the 2013 Whitehall National Night Out.