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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Public invited to 2019 National Night Out in Clermont

Everyone in the family can enjoy a night of obstacle courses and entertainment while getting to know Clermont law enforcement officers at the same time.

The Clermont Police Department will host its annual 2019 National Night Out from 5-8pm Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Waterfront Park, 100 3rd St., a news release states.

National Night Out is a free family event designed to educate the public on crime prevention, generate support and participation in anti-crime programs and create strong bonds and partnerships between the community and law enforcement. The mission is to strengthen neighborhood spirit and camaraderie while sending a message to criminals that the city’s neighborhoods are organized and collectively taking a strong stance against crime.

The event will feature the JR. SWAT Course Challenge, in which children of all ages can run a junior-size obstacle course, participate in tug-of-war with a police officer and meet SWAT officers. Monkey bars, balance beams and low-crawl courses are among the obstacles.

“Kids always look forward to meeting the SWAT officers at our events and ask what they need to do to become a SWAT officer,” Clermont SWAT Commander Lt. Brent Joyner says in the release. “This year, they can actually participate in a JR. SWAT Challenge to get an idea of what that may be like.”

Members of other law enforcement and fire departments, including the Clermont Fire Department, as well as several local and state agencies also will be in attendance. Free food from Clermont restaurants and other interactive entertainment activities will be available.