Several Seacoast police departments are planning their annual National Night out celebration on Tuesday.

This is an event designed to bring together members of law enforcement and the community.

Dover Police Chief Bill Breault said his department recognizes the importance of getting to know the members of our community and the value of positive police-community partnerships.

"National Night Out is an excellent opportunity for police officers and community members to meet and interact. This goes a long way toward solving community problems together," Breault said.

One department not doing a National Night event this year is Hampton because of recent changes in the department and the amount of planning and coordination the event requires.

"We didn't want to do it halfway. We wanted to do it all the way to make sure it was a good event," Hampton Deputy Chief Alex Reno told Seacoast Current.

There will be an event planned for 2022.

"We have a different type of event that we're planning on doing next year with some of the local community churches," Reno said.

Seabrook - Monday

Seabrook police are holding their event Monday night at BJ's Wholesale Club from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. with food and more. The department said it is holding its event one night earlier than the official date so officers can participate in other communities events.

Dover — Tuesday

The Dover police station on Chestnut Street will be the site of this year's National Night Out from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 443 will serve up hot dogs and hamburgers and some of the specialized equipment used by law enforcement will be on display. Visitors can get a close-up view of a police cruiser, the police motorcycle, the crime scene vehicle and the department's tactical rescue vehicle.

Tours of the police station will also be available.

Several officers will be at the event and there will be health and safety displays from the Dover Coalition for Youth and Dover Crimeline.

Exeter — Tuesday

Exeter Police hold an event on Swayze Parkway from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Kittery — Tuesday

There will be a live band, food and lots of public safety vehicles on display at the Kittery Police event at Kittery Community Center and STAR Theatre from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Portsmouth — Tuesday

Portsmouth's celebration is spread over 17 neighborhoods with block parties on a rolling schedule from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Each stop includes fire trucks, police vehicles and highway equipment and the chance to "touch a truck." McGruff the Crime Dog will also be paying a visit to each party.

Rochester — Tuesday

Rochester's National Night Out on Rochester Common from 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. will be a little different than the past.  A free movie will be shown with popcorn and food vendors. Attendees should bring a blanket and set up chairs to watch the movie.

Somersworth — Tuesday

Somersworth Police are hosting an event inside Jules Bisson Park from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with free hot dogs, music, demonstrations and more. Police, fire and EMS emergency vehicles will also be on display.

Is your police department having a National Night Out event? Contact reporter Dan Alexander with the details at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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