Bethany Beach police ready for night out

On Thursday, July 26, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Bethany Beach Christian Church’s conference center, across from Bethany town hall, will be filled with families and public safety officers for the Bethany Beach Police Department’s annual Night Out.

The event is the local edition of the national Night Out project coordinated between many police departments in the country, according to BBPD Chief Michael Redmon.

“It’s a great event,” he said. “This is fourth annual one.”

Police officers will be on hand to hand out safety literature and demonstrate some of the techniques that they perform in their jobs.

“It gives us an opportunity to educate the public on how we do our jobs,” Redmon said, “and to let everybody know that police officers are good people.”

Redmon said the Night Out event is designed to be family-friendly. “There will be a lot of children who come. And we’re on hand, handing out little badges.”

The Night Out is free to the public and will offer not only safety information but live demonstrations of some aspects of public safety that the general public — and kids in particular — rarely get to see close up.

“We’ll have several police agencies on hand, including the Delaware State Police and their aviation unit, with helicopter landing demonstrations,” he noted. Also present will be a police K-9 unit, with canine officers also demonstrating their abilities.

Joining the police will be members of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, offering some of those fire engine thrills that are enthusiastically greeted by most children, along with members of the Millville Emergency Medical Service.

Bethany police officers will also be offering a child safety-seat check to any driver who wants one. “Upon request, we will come over and check any child car seat to make sure it’s properly installed,” Redmon said.

Bicyclists will also get some safety help if they pull over at the Night Out location, with bicycle safety checks and free bike lights for any who ask for them.

Redmon said the only charge involved in the otherwise free event is for those who choose to indulge in Bethany Blues’ pulled-pork sandwiches, coleslaw, chips and beverages, which will also be available on-site on Thursday night.