Kids and cops mingle during National Night Out
Despite hot temperatures, more than 100 residents across Columbia County made their way to one of two National Night Out events, hosted by local public safety agencies.
The nationwide annual event aims to build camaraderie and partnerships between police agencies and the communities they serve.
In Scappoose, the Scappoose Police Department teamed up with Scappoose Fire District to offer a firetruck on display, face painting, music and a dunk-a-cop tank.
Scappoose Police Officer Matt Dorick took the hot seat in the dunk tank, braving a tank full of water nearly every minute, as children lined up to throw a ball at a target.
In St. Helens, sheriff's deputies showed off the strength and smarts of Columbia County Sheriff K-9 deputy Lars, while grilling burgers and hot dogs and offering tours of the jail.
Sheriff Jeff Dickerson estimated 100 people attended the four-hour event in St. Helens.
They were able to see a demonstration by our canine officer Lars and to view some of our mounted posse members with their horses as well as our Marine program and our search and rescue program," Dickerson noted. "It was a good night once again."