If you want to get to know the police officers who protect and serve you better, put National Night Out on your calendars.
On Tuesday, Aug. 1, the Lower Saucon Township and Hellertown police departments along with volunteer members of the Dewey, Lower Saucon and Steel City fire departments will join together to participate in National Night Out 2017.
This event is held annually across the country, as a way to help improve ties between police and fire personnel and residents.
“National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live,” according to the About page on the NNO website. “National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.”
“The idea is to bring communities together,” said Hellertown borough manager Cathy Hartranft.
In the Saucon Valley, emergency responders will be on the move from 6 to 9 p.m.
Below is the schedule for Lower Saucon and Hellertown police officers/firefighters:
LOWER SAUCON SCHEDULE
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Creekside Marketplace shopping center, Leithsville Road (Giant side)
Saucon Square shopping center, Rt. 378 (Maxx Fitness side)
Approximately 7:20 – 8:00 pm
Meadows Road Area including Skibo, Victor and Meadows roads followed by Stover to left on Clarence to Viola to Victor to Meadow Ridge; then right onto Deer Run Road and back to Meadows
Steel City Area: Adams to right on Mixsell, left on Mathews, right on Snyder, right on Schwab, right on Adams, right on Johnston, right on Mathews and back to the fire department on Riverside Drive
Society Hill – Clubhouse
Woodfields: Sherbrooke to left on Fieldstone, then back to Sherbrooke to right on Woodfield to left on Knollwood to right on Carol Ann to left on Kevin Drive
Approximately 8:15 to 9:00 pm
Saucon Valley Terrace/Roeders Glen: Sanbrook Drive to right on Willowbrook to Highland, to left on Amherst to right on Willowbrook to right on Alice Drive to the top, and then left onto Glenview.
Majestic Overlook/Pleasant Drive: Majestic Overlook Drive to right on Dennis Lane, then down to Pleasant, then up and around on Hilltop, then left onto Cross Lane, then right onto Pleasant and then back to Hickory Hill Road
Quarter Mile Road/Surrey Road/Bucknell Drive/Dartford Road: Quarter Mile Road to Sunderland Drive to left on Surrey and across to Bucknell Drive to right onto Dartford Road
In Hellertown police and firefighters will stage and mobilize at Dimmick Park from 6 to 7 p.m. and fan out from there on foot, by car and by bike. Some police will be on bike patrols on the Saucon Rail Trail. Others will be stopping in at businesses. Mayor Richard Fluck, Borough Manager Cathy Hartranft and Chief of Police Robert Shupp III will also walk Main Street.