National Night Out Springdale 2017 a huge success!
Springdale, SC (Paul Kirby) Hundreds gathered at the little park next to the Springdale Town Hall Tuesday night to once again enjoy the Springdale Police Department’s National Night Out. The crowd was made up overwhelmingly of families who mingled and browsed through the exhibits, enjoyed the FREE bar-b-que, do-nuts, drinks, chips, and other goodies, gathered up bags full of the FREE giveaway items, mingled with the dozens of law enforcement officers who came together to participate in the event, or to simply enjoy the music, karaoke, tumbling exhibitions, and other entertainment provided.
The National Night Outs are intended to improve the relationship between the law enforcement agencies of an area, and the community they serve. In particular, they are aimed at ensuring that children know that police officers and sheriff’s deputies are their friends, helpers, and not someone to be afraid of or intimidated by.
Springdale’s Mayor Michael Bishop looked over the event with pride as he stood in the middle of the park and watched the night unfold. The police department’s second in command, as well as all its members, came together to do an excellent job bringing the night to fruition, even though their leader, Chief Kevin Cornett is out of town participating in the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Bishop said during an interview, “This is what a small town should look like. Neighbors meeting neighbors, the police enjoying interacting with the citizens, and the citizens getting to know the police as someone they can come to for solutions before a small issue grows into a big problem.”
The theme for the night was, “A Night of Super Heroes.” Many of the town’s employees and the children who attended came in costumes portraying their favorite super heroes. It was in fact, a play on the truth that the law enforcement officers in our community really are our super heroes every day!
Springdale’s National Night Out is an award-winning event. In the past, it has been awarded national recognition for the event in towns of a similar size.
Besides the town of Springdale’s elected officials, town employees, and the police department, a number of others chipped in to make the night a success. They included, but were not limited to, Lexington County’s Emergency 911 Center, Springdale Elementary, Silverjax Cheer & Tumbling, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Schroeder’s Towing, The SC National Guard, Heroes’ in Blue, McGruff the Crime Dog, Krispy Kreme, Bear Branch Bar-B-Que Crew, The Lizards Thicket, the SC Law Enforcement Division, and many more.
Springdale's National Night Out 2017