Bring the family to Perimeter Mall on Tuesday – but not to shop. It’s National Night Out and local law enforcement agencies will be on hand to meet and greet with the public to discuss their departments and jobs.

From left are Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan, Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone and Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura.

Police departments from Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Johns Creek are hosting the annual National Night Out event on Aug. 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that serves as an annual community-building campaign to promote police and community relationships as well as neighborhood friendships. Perimeter Mall is located at 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody.

Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out was founded 33 years ago and agencies from all 50 states take time to meet with families and neighbors to answer questions and update residents on happenings in their departments.

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. (File photo)

The year, all four departments will have patrol cars, SWAT vehicles and other specialty vehicles on display. The Sandy Springs Fire Department will also be on hand with fire trucks and other equipment.

Many local businesses and community groups will also be participating in the event and will have display booths set up. Chattahoochee River 911 Authority, or ChatComm, the public safety agency that handles 911 calls from Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Johns Creek will have a booth set up.

Live music and entertainment will be provided, along with free food and drinks donated by local businesses and community members.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.