Six Tuscaloosa-area public safety organizations will band together to host National Night Out event next week, where families and children can meet the people responsible for protecting them and get a closeup look at the life-saving gear they use every day.

The annual event is set to take place next Tuesday, August 2nd, at Snow Hinton Park in Tuscaloosa.

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According to the National Night Out's official website, the event is generally held on the first Tuesday in August and seeks to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.

Locally, participants will include the Tuscaloosa, Northport and University of Alabama Police Departments, the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Service.

The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will feature new equipment including motorcycles and helicopters from TPD, some of the drones used by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office and the area's newest ambulance, the BearCat MedEvac.

The event is free and open to the community.

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