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National Night Out was educational and fun

The Oregon Police Department and the Ogle County Sheriffs Department held National Night Out on Aug. 7.

Visitors to the event were treated to a free hot dog and sno-cones, a demonstration of the sheriff department’s drone, and a drug-sniffing demonstration by the department’s K-9 officer Duke and his handler Deputy John Shippert.

2018 was the first year for the Oregon Police Department and the Ogle County Sheriffs Department to co-host this event.

Even with rain in the morning all the way up to an hour before the event, hundreds came downtown to have a good time.

There was a bounce house, great food and fun activities for all ages enjoy. People could also stop by booths that were set up that promoted safety.

The Oregon Police Department thanks the following people and organizations for donating funds, prizes and their time to help make this event special: Fran Kaminski and the Saint Mary Church for providing cold drinks; Sue Comins and the Saint Bride Episcopal Church for providing goodie bags to the children; and Nancy Crandall and the Oregon United Methodist Church for providing delicious slushies.

Three Oregon banks: Stillman Bank, Central Bank, and the Harvard State Bank donated funds that made it possible to provide the bounce house and activities for everyone to enjoy.

The following Organizations provided donations to the free raffle that the Oregon Police Department provided: the Chicago White Sox, The Chicago Wolves and the Rockford Rivets Baseball for ticket vouchers for 2018 home games.

The Chicago Bears also provided a laser autographed picture.

The Dixon Walmart Supercenter also donated funds that also helped purchase prizes that were given away during the event and the Oregon Park District provided lawn games for everyone to play.

The Maggie and Amos Foundation also provided games and candy that were enjoyed by all the children and the Oregon Fire Department provided their fire trucks and ambulance for everyone to see.

The Oregon Police Department also thanked all citizens who came to the event,

“It was great to see the positive interactions between all the citizens and their local law enforcement. With events like this it really does promote a safer community for everyone. I’m glad to have been a part of planning this event and bringing so many people out for a good cause. Thank you,” said Oregon Police Officer Matthew Kalnins.

National Night Out is a nationwide annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.