K-9 demonstrations, fingerprinting part of National Night Out

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – This year’s National Night Out promises to provide several reasons to come out and meet local law enforcement officials from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, Vero Beach Police, Sebastian Police, and Indian River Shores Public Safety departments.

Two separate events are being held on Tuesday, Aug. 3, in Vero Beach and Sebastian to draw the public out and show their solidarity against crime. While Sebastian’s event will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Riverview Park, the Indian River County/Vero Beach National Night Out will start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. at Riverside Park.

Instead of holding separate National Night Out events for Vero Beach and Indian River County, the two law enforcement agencies decided to join forces to create one large event in Vero Beach.

The weather could be iffy, so participants are encouraged to bring umbrellas. Current weather forecasts are predicting isolated thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and into the evening with a 20 percent chance of rain.

Along with educational displays set up around Riverside Park, the Sheriff’s Office plans to have K-9 demonstrations and child fingerprinting for identification cards.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

In Sebastian, the police department also plans to offer K-9 demonstrations and child fingerprinting. The department will also have a demonstration of its Special Response Team and its equipment and vehicles on display.

For more information about National Night Out, call Indian River County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Vidiri at (772) 473-8147 or Vero Beach Police Officer John Morrison at (772) 978-4649 or the Sebastian Police Department at (772) 589-5233.

Want to go?Date: Aug. 3

In Sebastian-

Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

Location: US 1 and County Road 512

Call: (772) 589-5233

In Vero Beach-

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Location: Riverside Park, 350 Dahlia Lane

Call: Sgt. Rick Vidiri at (772) 473-8147 or Vero Beach Police Officer John Morrison at (772) 978-4649.

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