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Merrimack Valley police departments are preparing to take part in the community policing effort known as National Night Out and Methuen’s Chief Joseph E. Solomon tells WHAV spots are still available for residents to host National Night Out block parties. On Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 6-8 p.m., members of the police department will fan out across the city.
Solomon and Capt. Kevin Mahoney joined WHAV’s Win Damon Thursday to discuss the event, which has a format that differs from other communities. In Methuen, neighborhoods host small events—from cookouts to character visits from Paw Patrol’s Chase—which officers attend.
“Not only are they meeting everyone from detectives, to traffic, to community outreach, to the fire department, they actually get to have a face-to-face conversation with the police officer who’s actually assigned to their neighborhood,” Solomon said.
Registration for National Night Out remains open, and select spots are still available. To register, call Capt. Mahoney at 978-983-8753.