From funnel cakes to helicopters, dunk tanks to kids “coloring with cops,” hundreds of people from Doraville and surrounding communities participated in the annual National Night Out for Crime (NNO) held August 1 on the Buford Highway Farmers Market parking lot. Official estimates put the crowd at 500+ during the course of the four-hour event.
A special thanks to DPD Chief John King, the entire DPD force and staff, and the two officers helping coordinate the event---Capt. T.K. Gordon and Officer Christopher Justice---for producing such a successful event for Doraville residents.
NNO has been traditionally held the first Tuesday in August across America for three decades and offers local law enforcement and emergency safety personnel the opportunity to bond with local residents and offer safety tips on keeping neighborhoods safe.
Featured equipment at the Doraville event included displays of police cars, a fire truck, ambulance, a police helicopter, firefighting equipment, all with lights flashing and open for inspection by the curious. An array of informational booths provided educational material on law enforcement and public safety agencies such as DEA Atlanta, DEA Atlanta Clandestine Lab Truck, DEA Atlanta Air Wing, US Attorney’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol Criminal Interdiction Unit. Also on hand were representatives from Georgia State Patrol Nighthawks DUI Team, DeKalb District Attorney’s Office, DeKalb Solicitors Office, DeKalb County Fire and American Medical Response.
DPD officers held demonstrations showcasing the unique skills of trained police dog “officers” in the K9 Corps, and a VERY popular dunk tank offered guests the opportunity to help volunteer officer “dunkees” make a splash!
In addition to public safety organizations, local businesses and community groups with display booths included ICARE Atlanta, I WILL SURVIVE, Inc., Home Depot, R.S. Andrews, The PawStand, Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Metro Brokers, Supermercado Chicago, Nissan, and Porsche.
Also participating in all of the activities were food trucks and booths including Kona Ice, Brooke Lynn’s Own Sticks & Cones, Chick-Fil-A and Yummy’s Funnel Cakes. A bouncy house, music and other activities added to the fun.
Enjoy the photos from the event offered below: