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Dover Police and Target Hosting National Night Out

The Dover Police Department will once again bring the National  Night Out to the Target parking lot on Tuesday, August 5th from 6-8pm.  The event brings the Dover Police Department, along with several emergency agencies and military personnel to one place where the public can bring their families to meet and greet local heroes and see the equipment used in their jobs while forming a positive relationship with the community.  In addition to appearances and demonstrations by these agencies, Night Out will feature fun activities for all ages along with food and beverages for all while supplies last.  The Dover Police Department and Target Department Store look forward to continuing the National Night Out tradition and their relationship to improve the Dover community through events such as this and the Heroes and Helpers Christmas program.  The National Night Out  gives us the opportunity to show our citizens what we do, the vehicles and equipment we use, and really gives people that attend a sense of pride in their emergency responders.  It is an opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round. The night celebrates safety and crime prevention successes and works to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.  The event gives us the ability to connect with people on a personal level, in a positive environment outside of the typical situations people tend to interact with us.  Kids can try on gear that officers wear, sit on a police motorcycle, put out a fire with the Dover Fire Department, and much more.  We are excited to put on this event once again and look forward to many families visiting us on August 5th.


  • FREE Bounce House/Slide and Basketball game Courtesy of BK Rentals
  • FREE Rock Climbing Wall Courtesy of Vertical High
  • Eagle 97.7 LIVE Broadcast
  • McGruff the Crime Dog
  • Free Refreshments (While Supplies Last)
  • Delaware State Police Helicopter (Weather/Schedule Permitting)
  • Dover Police Department Vehicles (Dodge Charger/Chevy Tahoe)
  • Dover Police Department Crime Scene Investigations Truck
  • Dover Police Department Motorcycle Unit
  • Dover Police Department Crisis Negotiation Truck
  • Dover Police Department Bearcat (Armored Truck)
  • FREE Child ID Kits
  • Dover Police Department K9 Officer Barrett and K9 Britt Bite Demonstration
  • Dover Air Force Base Security Forces Vehicles and Display
  • Dover Air Force Base Fire Department Vehicles and Display
  • City of Dover Fire Department Vehicles and Fire Activity for Children
  • Little Creek Fire Department Bay Rescue Boat
  • Little Creek Fire Department HazMat Truck
  • Leipsic Fire Department Ambulance
  • Delaware Crime Stoppers Display
  • Delaware Army National Guard Display and Games
  • and more….