Officer Lee Hasseltine at the 2014 National Night Out in Dunwoody discusses the SWAT team purpose and shows the gear used to the Smith family of Dunwoody. Clockwise from back: Sharon Wright, Nicole Smith, Gage Smith, 6, and Dillon Smith, 8. Photo by Ellen Eldridge

For the first time in the cities’ history, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Brookhaven will partner for “National Night Out,” at Perimeter Mall on Aug. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

A complete list of places hosting National Night Out in Atlanta is available HERE.

The National Night Out annual campaign takes place worldwide, involving citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 16,000 communities and in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases.

The program promoting crime prevention and safety was started by the nonprofit National Association of Town Watch, which works with law enforcement officials and civilian leaders to keep volunteers informed, interested, involved and motivated.

Officer Carlos Nino, a spokesman for Brookhaven Police, said the local cities’ police departments wanted to reach more members of the community.

“We determined that combining forces with our neighboring police departments is a great way to reach a wider audience and have a greater impact within our community,” he said. “Having this tri-city event will promote police-community partnership and neighborhood camaraderie to make our community safer and a better place to live.”

In addition to public safety personnel and displays from first responders, the event will also include SWAT vehicles and gear, free hot dogs, drinks and kids’ activities. Georgia State Patrol will be “flying” in for a visit too.

The event is a chance for “public safety agencies to come together to promote safer communities and strengthen relationships,” Brookhaven Major Brandon Gurley said.

National Night Out takes place at Perimeter Mall, located on 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, in the parking lot at the corner of Ashford Dunwoody Road and Perimeter Center East.

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