Many Seacoast police departments will host their annual National Night Out on Tuesday night, a night of fun for officers and the community.

The COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on many nights out during the past two years.  Departments will be back in full force this year with block parties and fun activities throughout their respective communities to build and enhance relationships.

Although National Night Out goes back to 1984 on the first Tuesday of August, Hampton Police will be holding their first event this year.

"We don't want the first time you interact with your police department to be if you get pulled over or we have to respond to your call for something negative," Hampton Deputy Police Chief Alex Reno told Seacoast Current.

His department has pulled together an evening at Tuck Field from 5-8pm that includes food, food trucks, music with DJ Jen Cruz, visits from the NH State Police helicopter and the department's new K-9, plus demonstrations from several units. Several Winnacunnet High School sports teams will be there, PTA's from the schools are putting together games, and there will be a dunk tank.

"The chief and the school resource officers will all be taking their turn in the dunk tank in uniform. Not me, so I think its awesome," Reno said with a laugh.

On a more serious level, Reno said the hope is that as many people get involved as possible to bring the community together for a positive night.

"When Chief Hobbs took over as the chief last year, we discussed some goals for the agency. One of the priorities he had was to get us involved more in community policing activities," Reno said. "One is National Night Out and another is Citzens Police Academy. We're looking at possibly doing a police exploring program, all stuff we feel is important for positive interactions with the community."

Below is a listing of National Night Out events planned for Tuesday, August 2, on the Seacoast.

All events are not updated for postponements and cancellations due to weather. Always check websites before heading out. Events are subject to change due to weather or other concerns.

Amesbury

Brentwood

  • Location: Brentwood Recreation Field
  • Facebook page
  • Time:  5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Dover

  • Location: Dover Police Station at 46 Chestnut Street
  • Website: Dover.nh.gov
  • Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Epping

  • Location: Epping High School
  • Facebook
  • Time: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Farmington

  • Location: Fernald Park
  • Facebook
  • Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Exeter

  • Location: Swasey Parkway
  • Website: exeternh.gov
  • Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Greenland

  • Location: Greenland town office
  • Facebook
  • Time: 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Hampton

Kittery

Portsmouth

Raymond

  • Location: Raymond police headquarters
  • Facebook
  • Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Rochester

Salisbury

  • Location: Salisbury police station
  • Facebook
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Somersworth

South Berwick

  • Location: Bog Road Fields
  • Facebook
  • Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

York

  • Location: Bog Road Fields
  • Facebook
  • Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Emily Grill contributed to this report

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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