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'National Night Out Against Crime' returns to Marysville Aug. 2

MARYSVILLE — After the Tulalip Amphitheatre served as the staging grounds for last year's "National Night Out Against Crime," the Marysville community will once again host the annual event this year.

When Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring attended last year's Night Out, alongside Marysville Police Chief Rick Smith and Tulalip Tribal Police Chief Jay Goss, he praised the event as an example of the ongoing partnership between the Marysville and Tulalip communities.

That partnership will continue this year from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 at Comeford Park, where members of the Marysville and Tulalip police departments, as well as the Marysville Fire District and other area crime prevention agencies, will be on hand to provide information to the public by handing out pamphlets and answering attendees' questions at various display booths.

Representatives of the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, Department of Corrections, Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County and Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse will be joined by those from four new participating organizations — YMCA of Marysville, Camp Fire USA and local businesses Kung Fu 4 Kids and the Marysville Skate Inn — whom Smith said will be present to highlight programs and activities that create friendships and help raise morale and self-esteem in youth.

Police officers and departmental staff will also share information about the K-9 unit, as well as the crime prevention efforts of the Neighborhood Watch and Marysville Volunteers programs, while custody officers fingerprint kids for child safety kits. Marysville Fire District staff will pass out hats, badges and safety literature while sharing additional information about various fire prevention and personal safety programs.

"Public safety personnel have put together a great Night Out this year that will be fun and educational for the whole family," said Smith, who added that this year's focus is on helping young people make good choices to stay out of trouble. "Citizens and local community service organizations are important partners with police in making our community a safer place. National Night Out is our way of sharing the many benefits of crime prevention and personal safety programs available that extend well beyond one night."

Vehicles on display this year are set to include those from the Marysville and Tulalip police departments and K-9 unit, an armored personnel vehicle, and a fire truck and aid unit.

Thanks to donations from the Tulalip Tribes and its resort casino, as well as local grocers and retailers, food and refreshments will be free and served by the Marysville Kiwanis Club. The Marysville Community Food Bank could still use some more food, though, so donations of canned foods or other goods to stock their unseasonably low shelves will be welcome.

Comeford Park is located at 514 Delta Ave. in Marysville. For more information, call Margaret Vanderwalker with the Marysville Police Department by phone at 360-363-8308 or via email at mvanderwalker@marysvillewa.gov, or visit the city of Marysville website at http://marysvillewa.gov.

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