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Police 'Target' Community for Night Out

National Night Out brought together community members and county organizations Tuesday night.

Several organizations in Harford County supported "America's night out against crime" Tuesday evening, as residents and community organizations poured into the Target parking lot in Abingdon. 

Harford County joined more than 15,000 communities nationwide for the 28th annual celebration of , an event that encourages residents to interact with their neighbors and other community organizations. 

While the TwirlTasTix, a baton-twirling team from Bel Air, performed in the center of the Target parking lot, children and their families spoke with members of the county police force and fire department.

Maryland State Police and the Harford County Sheriff's Office supplied visitors with informational brochures and packets about crime safety. 

Tim Wills, associate executive director of the Boys and Girls Club in Harford County, said National Night Out was a convenient way to offer a variety of county resources in one place.

"It's a great way to bring everyone together and bring families out to the community," he said.   

Members from the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Department handed out yellow plastic firefighter hats and guided younger visitors through a tour of their fire truck and ambulance on display. 

Mike Tyson, an executive intern with Target in Abingdon, said volunteers from Targets in Bel Air and Aberdeen joined Abingdon to help with the event.

The Bel Air Police Department provided car seat screenings and introduced McGruff the Crime Dog to kids. 

"It's just good for the police to interact with the community," Bel Air police officer Brett Hybmer said.

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