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Carolina Beach Police Beat: National Night Out a Success

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon talking to children during the National Night Out (NNO) event held last week at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

By STEVE STANTON
Carolina Beach Police Advisory Cmt.

CAROLINA BEACH - The clouds parted this past Tuesday and the rain held off just long enough for the annual National Night out (NNO) event staged in Carolina Beach at the Boardwalk. 
The Carolina Beach Police Department in conjunction with its Police Advisory Committee organized the event to promote the development of neighborhood watch groups and increase individual awareness in reporting crime.  This event is celebrated in thousands of communities across the country.
The NNO event is coordinated with Family Night at the Boardwalk.  The hundreds of families that attended were also given the opportunity to meet with local law enforcement and Carolina Beach Firefighters.  This is a great time for children to meet law officers in a friendly happy atmosphere.
This year, as before, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon, attended with two deputies.  The Sheriff is a big hit with folks and devoted to building a rapport with younger people to create a good working relationship as they grow older.  He met with dozens of children, giving them badges and other give-aways.  CBPD Chief Bartley was also there with officers and they talked with folks as they walked by the information tables that were stocked with brochures and NNO bracelets and Jr. badges.  A very popular service provided by the CBPD was the making of photo ID cards for children.  Numerous parents waited in line for the opportunity to have their child’s ID card made and recorded by the Department.  This record is invaluable if a child should go missing.  Children’s ID’s may be made at the Police Department during normal business hours. Additionally, The Carolina Beach Fire Department brought a fire truck and equipment for the public to view. Chief Griffin and the fire fighters gave out a number of junior fire fighter hats to the joy of many children.
For the third year, the crowd enjoyed the participation of Target Department Stores.  Target is a national sponsor of NNO and their associates appreciated attending at Carolina Beach.  Target brought free drinks and treats that were freely given to those attending. 
The volunteers that Target brought interacted with the crowd and enjoyed Family Night at the Gazebo.  This is a delightful addition to the NNO event and a generous gesture by Target. 
They’ve indicated they will be returning for 2013.  Many thanks are extended to those who participated and please remember to be vigilant in reporting suspicious behavior and crime to law enforcement.
Due to the Labor Day weekend, the next meeting of the CBPD Police Advisory Committee will be Monday, September 10th, at 7PM in the CBPD Training Room, at the rear of Town Hall.  Citizens are invited to bring their concerns to the meeting.