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National Night Out Police Plan Neighborhood Barbecues
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Preparations for Riverbank's first National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7, are well in hand, Police Chief Tim Beck recently told the Riverbank City Council.

Held nationwide on this day, the event is aimed at promoting friendships and cooperation among neighbors and between residents and the police and other emergency service agencies, friendships that strengthen the unity of a community and deter crime.

"Go outdoors that night to meet your neighbors and enjoy an evening of good fellowship and unity," said Beck.

That evening between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., members of the local police, fire and ambulance services plus city and Target store representatives will tour the city in a caravan of vehicles and stop at intervals to organize barbecues in each of its quarters.

The block parties and barbecues are free to all comers and will offer hot dogs, chips and all the trimmings.

There will also be extra perks such as free DNA kits that police and families can use to identify members in case they are kidnapped, lost or killed.