The Basalt Police Department will host a National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 5-8 p.m. at Triangle Park in Willits Town Center.

According to Basalt Police Chief Greg Knott, National Night Out is an annual event held in 16,000 communities across the United States.

“Local police departments host events in their communities to help build relationships,” Knott said. “This is the Basalt Police Department’s annual community-building event that promotes police department and community partnerships and relationship building. It is a great evening where residents and police department personnel can discuss issues in their neighborhoods. Basalt is the only police department in the Roaring Fork Valley that hosts this event.”

Knott said National Night Out events have been going on for 36 straight years.

“It is the fifth year the Basalt Police Department has hosted this event,” he said. “Our goal is to provide a safe and fun environment for community members to meet and speak with their law enforcement officers to identify issues and collaboratively develop solutions.”

Last year, approximately 1,000 people attended the event. In previous years, an average of 400 to 500 people attended, according to Knott.

“We are hosting the event with Roaring Fork Fire Rescue Authority and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office,” Knott said. “The Basalt Chamber of Commerce is assisting with planning and putting on the event. The Basalt Lions Club will have their grill fired up to serve an awesome free dinner. There will be a bounce house for the kids, face painting, a dunk tank, emergency vehicles to explore, a hose drag competition and live music.”

For more information on the National Night Out program go to https://natw.org