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Bridgeport police plan for ‘National Night Out’

T-L Photo/CARRI GRAHAM Bridgeport Police Chief John Bumba, right, and Sgt. Hunter Sylvis stand beneath the village’s sign advertising the National Night Out. The event is set for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bridgeport High School, 55707 Industrial Drive.

BRIDGEPORT — The Bridgeport Police Department is hoping for a good turnout for its second National Night Out event set for Tuesday.

With the event less than a week away, officers are looking forward to bringing the community and police together for the evening from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bridgeport High School, 55707 Industrial Drive.

It is estimated that around 500 people attended the village’s first National Night Out in 2019 with more than 300 students receiving school supplies and gift cards. The event was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lt. Darby Copeland said officers are hoping for a similar turnout out as the first year, or better.

“The police department is pleased to provide the free event to the children of the Bridgeport school district,” he said. “We’re hoping to see a lot of people come out this year.”

The free event will include food, live music, activities, free student supplies giveaways and demonstrations. There will be live music featuring Gage Joseph, an electronic shooting board by Ohio Valley Airsoft, a helicopter landing by STAT MedEvac, inflatables provided by Bill’s Towing, and more. Other event sponsors include the Rotary Club of Bridgeport, United Dairy and Domino’s Pizza.

“We’d also like to thank the Bridgeport Board of Education and Superintendent Brent Ripley for allowing us to use the school campus,” he added.

The event doubles as a fundraiser for students in the school district. Copeland said the school supplies giveaway will be held a bit differently this year — community organizations will have booths set up where students can visit and collect what they need for the year. He said they expect to supply between 300 and 400 students with school supplies.

Police Chief John Bumba said the officers look forward to bringing the community together, which has always been a priority since he became chief in 2018.

“We are hoping the community can come together and meet the officers,” he said.

The event is completely free to all who attend and will take place rain or shine.

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