Oakland and Waterville Ready For National Night Out Events Tuesday 

Police officers in central Maine are hosting a party Tuesday night. Everyone’s invited.

It’s part of the National Night Out project aimed at raising awareness about crime, drug-abuse prevention and strengthening the bond between neighbors and their local police.

“National Night Out” events will be held in Oakland and Waterville Tuesday night.

“Just kind of a day that the residents and the police departments can come together and it’s kind of a thank you barbecue for working together,” said Todd Burbank of the Oakland Police Department.

Their event runs from 5:00-8:00 at the boat landing on the Old Belgrade Road. They’ll have a free barbecue, free water and free boat rides. The Kennebec County Sheriffs Department has teamed up with the Maine Bike Coalition and will be handing out free bike helmets to kids.

Meanwhile, over in Waterville, the the South End Neighborhood Association, South End Teen Center, KVCAP and Waterville Police Department are hosting a similar event in Green Street Park from 5:00-7:00.

“We have anywhere from 500-700 people show up. We have games and activities. We have a live band and this will be their second year singing for us which is awesome. Our Chief of Police is going to be flipping the burgers for us this year,” said Paula Raymond from South End Neighborhood Association.