When Saukville hosted the first National Night Out in Ozaukee County 10 years ago, the mission was simply to allow the community to interact with emergency personnel in a non-emergency setting.
Since then, the annual event has grown to become one of the community’s highlights of summer, attracting throngs young and old.
This year’s NNO will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Grady Park.
As in years past, Saukville Police Officer Emily Neese is coordinating the event, but it is anything but a one-person show.
“It is very exciting,” Neese said of the anniversary event.
From the beginning, the mission of NNO has been “to heighten crime prevention and drug awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.”
In addition, volunteers working on the event said the underlying message is to let criminals know “our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”
Nearly two dozen agencies will be represented this year.
In addition to the host Saukville police, fire and ambulance departments, officers from the Port Washington, Cedarburg, Grafton, Mequon, Newburg, Thiensville and Bayside police departments are expected to participate.
That law-enforcement presence will be augmented by representatives from the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department, FBI, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Marshals Service, National Guard, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin State Patrol.
Members and equipment from the Ozaukee County HazMat unit and Cedarburg Emergency Government will also take part.
The U.S Coast Guard has tentatively scheduled a helicopter landing at the park during the evening.
There will be plenty of fun, too, including an inflatable slide and bounce house, police obstacle course, radar gun speed tests, pedal cars, child fingerprinting and face painting. New this year will be a green-screen photography booth, along with a distracted-driver simulator and car seat convincer.
Music will be provided by DJ Dan the Party Rocker.
Up to four raffle tickets will be given for donations of non-perishable food, with the collected items to be given to Advocates of Ozaukee County. The top raffle prize will be a $125 gift card to buy a bike at Target.
The raffle winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m.
Speaking of food, free hot dogs, popcorn, chips, soda, ice cream sandwiches and cotton candy will be available, thanks to a host of business sponsors.
The latest details on the event are available at www.oznno.org.