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Public to learn about law enforcement at Coos County 'National Night Out' events

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COQUILLE, Ore. -- Folks in Coquille are getting an inside look at the Coquille Police Department during National Night Out this week.

Officers say they've been busy getting everything ready for the Tuesday event.

This year's event will be held at the Coquille Community Building and surrounding areas.

There will be free food and different activities to choose from.

This year, marine boats and forest patrol ATVs will be on hand and the Coos County Sheriff's Office will do K9 demo.

"It's a community-oriented event for public service including law enforcement so it gives the public an opportunity to come out and see what the law enforcement in their community is made up of, meet those folks that have those tools, and let them realize what the county and all law enforcement in Coos County do," explains Coquille Police Sgt. Orrin Wallace.

The event will take place at the Coquille Community Building Tuesday evening, August 1, from 6-8 p.m.

But Coquille PD is just one part of the National Night Out fun. Activities are also being held in Coos Bay and North Bend on Tuesday.

Dual "nights out" are being held at Ferry Road Park in North Bend and Eastside Park in Coos Bay.

Organizers say this year they anticipate a record number of people.

There will be free games, live entertainment, food, ice cream and more at the Ferry Road event.

At the Eastside event, there will be hamburgers and hot dogs courtesy of the Coach House Restaurant.

It's also a potluck-style event, so they ask everyone to bring a salad or dessert to share.

The Mill Casino in North Bend is providing a free shuttle to and from Ferry Road Park at the former JC Penny parking lot at the Pony Village Mall.

The event is an effort to bring more awareness to crime prevention.

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