The Genoa Township Police Department will host National Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at McNamara Park, 7049 Big Walnut Road.

The Genoa Township Police Department will host National Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at McNamara Park, 7049 Big Walnut Road.

"This is a national (event) for crime prevention to bring people together and meet their neighbors and for us to put on some demonstrations on that theme," said Police ChiefRobert Taylor.

The event is free to the community and includes hot dogs, ice cream, slushies and cookies, Taylor said.

The police department's canine unit will give demonstrations. The fire department will bring a smoke house and will demonstrate what happens when a "flashover" occurs during a fire. Life Flight crew members will attend with their helicopter

Home Depot will hold presentations on fire suppression and locks and lighting for safety.

Other activities will include a bounce house, a dunk tank, and carnival-style games for the children.

"This event helps bring people together, so that when something happens, we can help each other out," Taylor said. "Law enforcement can't do it alone. It's a team effort. We need the citizens out there being the eyes and ears for us, and this is another way to bring people together to get the message out that they should notify us of any suspicious activity."

Paper-shredding machines will also be at the event for people to use to destroy personal documents.

"The shredders can help people destroy documents so they're not discovered in the trash by some unscrupulous people who may use them in ID theft," Taylor said, noting the importance of destroying documents with personal information on them.

"We're too naive. We throw things out that have information like our date of birth, Social Security number and bank account information and these criminal elements are just preying on us.It's very easy to go through the trash and recover these numbers," Taylor said.

Taylor hopes the event will increase the community's participation in the Neighborhood Watch program. Twenty township neighborhoods participate.

Sign-up sheets for programs such as neighborhood watch, the police department's citizen academy and self defense for women will be available at the event.

For more information, call the department's non-emergency number (614) 568-2060 or visit www.genoatwp.com.

The annual event is held nationwide on the first Tuesday in August.

The National Association of Town Watch started National Night Out 28 years ago.

More information about National Night Out can be found at www.nationaltownwatch.org.