The National Night Out Crime Prevention event at the Urbandale Police Department will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 5 – 7 p.m. The last two years Urbandale has won national awards for the event. In 2011 a little more than 1,200 people attended the event, which was a huge success. An even bigger and better event is planned this year. The event includes the following groups, organizations or activities:
• Bike rodeo with 300 bike helmets given out to kids by Ben Buenzow.
• State Farm Agency as part of the bike rodeo with Urbandale Police bike patrol officers.
• Fire Safety House put on by Ben Buenzow State Farm Agency.
• Peddle Kart and Big Wheel track.
• Urbandale Fire Department with ambulance and ladder truck.
• Free hot dogs, chips, bottle water provided by Urbandale Hy-Vee.
• Games and plenty of prizes provided by Urbandale Target Store.
• Dunk tank, crafts and games by Urbandale Parks Department.
• Probation and Parole clowns doing balloon animals for kids.
• Jump House by Urbandale Sports Association.
• McGruff, Crash Test Dummies and Rollie put on by Iowa Crime Prevention Association.
• Urbandale Police K9 demonstrations
• Urbandale Honor Guard presenting the colors.
• National Anthem sung by reserve officer’s daughter.
• Iowa Health Life Flight helicopter.
• Crime Scene Investigation van, Urbandale SWAT Team.
This year a new pre-event is being added the week before. This event is planned to be Tuesday, July 31, from 5:15 – 7 p.m. at the Urbandale High School Performing Arts Center. Speaker Frank Meeink will discuss bullying, hate and racism issues. Meeink is a former neo-Nazi/skinhead who grew up in Philly, and his professional career at this point is doing interventions and speaking engagements across the country in regards to these issues. Meeink has had a MTV reality TV show and is taping a documentary this summer as well. Meeink has written a book titled “From Hatred to Harmony.” This event is being targeted to local teenagers 13 and older as well as their parents. This would be an outstanding program for any teens and parents to attend considering the many issues that have been coming to light in recent years around bullying and issues like this in local schools. This will be a free event to attend as well.