TITUSVILLE - The Titusville Police Department will host their National Night Out event on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Titus Landing, located at 2540 S. Washington Ave., according to a release from the City of Titusville.

The gathering is part of the country-wide National Night Out program, which according to the release “is a crime prevention initiative designed to enhance partnerships between law enforcements, first responders, businesses and the community.”

The event is free for patrons to attend. No pre-registration is needed, added Amy Matthews, public affairs coordinator/public information officer with TPD.

In addition to TPD officers, those in attendance will have the opportunity to Titusville Fire Department members, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officers and Florida Highway Patrol troopers.

“We’re going to have the Titusville Police Department mobile command, traffic patrol vehicles, ATVs, a side-by-side Rhino, we’re going to have Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is bringing out the teen experience for teen drivers to do the simulator on teen driving,” Ms. Matthews said. “Florida Fish and Wildlife are bringing out some of their (Agriculture/Marine) unit, their boats and their pull trucks and FHP’s going to be there with a cool trooper Tahoe.”

Ms. Matthews also discussed a unique interactive activity for kids at the event as well.

“The (Titusville) Fire Department’s going to be there with a simulated fire so kids can put out fires with a real fire hose,” Ms. Matthews added.

As part of the event, there will be two inflatable obstacle courses, giveaways and free hot dogs, popcorn and popsicles, while supplies last.

“This is a chance for our community to come and see what we do, what we can offer, plus give them some free food, have some fun and games. It is just a wonderful event and we are so excited to be back again,” said Ms. Mathews, who also noted that the event is returning after not being the held the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TPD Chief John Lau also shared his enthusiasm for the event.

“We are truly excited to bring back this event and the entire city is invited to have fun and meet our local first responders,” said Titusville Police Chief John Lau in the release. “Community outreach remains one of our strongest commitments.”

Ms. Matthews also noted that this was the first instance of the event, which Ms. Matthews said had been held for at least a decade’s worth of consecutive years prior to COVID, being held at Titus Landing.

“They have a fabulous outdoor venue,” Ms. Matthews added. “There’s grass and benches and just a huge area for everyone to walk around and relax and just enjoy the beautiful Indian River and all the static displays that we have across the street in Titus Landing.”

Ms. Matthews added that the event, which she said has always been held on the first Tuesday of October, has traditionally been well –attended.

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