Law enforcement agencies in both Isanti and Chisago counties are encouraging neighborhoods to attend or host gatherings to celebrate National Night to Unite on Aug. 6.

Braham

The Braham Police Department, in cooperation with the Braham Fire Department, will host a hot dog and brat barbecue from 5-7:30 p.m. at Braham City Hall that is free to those in attendance while supplies last.

Community members will be able to tour squad cars and fire trucks and spend time with other community members and law enforcement officials.

“Night to Unite is a very important event for the officers and command staff of the Braham Police Department,” said Braham detective Kevin Stahl.

In addition to encouraging community engagement, according to Stahl, the event also may help to decrease crime within the community.

“A sound crime prevention philosophy is centered on building community relationships, not just relationships between police officers and the community, even though that is very important as well, but also relationships between neighbors and local business,” Stahl said. “The better the community members know each other, statistically the less crime that occurs. It’s important for neighbors to be looking out for their neighbors. Members of the community can easily identify what is not ‘normal activity’ in their

neighborhoods and are far more willing to report observations to police if they know the possible victim personally.”

Cambridge

The Cambridge Police Department will be hosting its annual National Night Out event from 4-8 p.m. at the Cambridge Fire Hall.

The event will include free hot dogs and hamburger meals to those in attendance, as well as a bounce house and root beer floats.

City administrative staff will be fingerprinting and photographing kids as part of Operation Safe Kids, and there will be squad cars and fire trucks available for community members to see first hand.

In addition to the event at the fire hall, officers, police reserves and Fire Department personnel will be attending block parties at community members’ requests.

“This event allows citizens and law enforcement to mingle together in an informal setting and talk. We have great conversations with people and are often able to answer questions or clear up misconceptions,” said Cambridge Police Chief Todd Schuster. “It is also a great forum for people to discuss a problem that they may be having or heard about. Most importantly though is making that connection with people so they know that if they need us for anything, they can feel free to call and know that we will do what we can for them.”

To register an event and request a visit from Police or Fire department personnel, contact the Police Department at 763-689-9567 or email JoEllen Pepin at jpepin@ci.cambridge.mn.us. All registrations must be received by 4 p.m. Aug. 2.

Isanti

The Isanti Police Department will be actively participating in Night to Unite in neighborhoods for the first time this year.

“This year the Isanti Police Department is encouraging residents to host block parties in their neighborhoods,” said Isanti Police Chief Travis Muyres. “The goal for Night to Unite is for neighbors to meet neighbors and create neighborhood bonds. The Isanti Police Department recognizes this important part of ‘community’ and will assist block party hosts in planning and working with area businesses that are willing to donate to the event. This will be the first year that the Police Department is actively encouraging residents to host block parties in their neighborhood. We need people to step up and facilitate Night to Unite in their neighborhood.”

According to Muyres, events like Night to Unite encourage community within the city and can make the city an even better place for residents.

“My top goal as the new chief of the Isanti Police Department is to facilitate a department that is dedicated to community engagement,” Muyres said. “The Night to Unite is a simple starting point for the neighbors to meet each other and for the community to meet the individual officers of the Isanti Police Department. The Isanti Police Department is here to create a better quality of life for all the residents of Isanti. We cannot achieve that goal without a strong partnership between the community and the police. I encourage both the community and the Police Department to seek out every opportunity to work together to make Isanti a great place to live and play.”

North Branch

The North Branch Police Department is hosting its annual Night to Unite celebration from 5-8 p.m. at Central Park.

The department, along with surrounding agencies — medical and fire — will be on hand for those in attendance to learn about a variety of services.

“We are always excited to host and participate in events such as Night To Unite as it provides an opportunity to bring together our citizens, businesses,” said North Branch Police Chief Dan Meyer. “These events not only allow our residents to personally meet our officers, it promotes public trust and strengthens our community partnerships, which are essential for effective policing. We are fortunate that we serve a community that has been so supportive of our police department and we look forward to seeing everybody at Night to Unite.”

The event will also feature the city’s annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive and the Lions and Lioness of North Branch will serve food and refreshments.

Community members are also invited to enjoy the movie “Trolls” on the large outdoor screen at the Night to Unite event, starting around 8:30 p.m.

Officers will also be out at neighborhood gatherings and block parties.

Neighborhood parties can be registered by contacting Dan Meyer at 651-277-5237 or danm@ci.northbranch.mn.us.

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