The Valparaiso Police Department will be participating in the 35th annual National Night Out on Tuesday August 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. National Night Out is an national event designed to unite community members and police against neighborhood crimes. Police Chief Jeff Balon is inviting community members to organize an activity for the event. “This is a great night for community members, neighborhoods and crime watch groups to organize special activities in their neighborhoods”, explained Chief Balon. Valparaiso Police Officers will be visiting the special activities planned in each neighborhood to show their support. Officers from the K-9 team, Bicycle Unit, Patrol Division and Detective Division will be present in neighborhoods to show their support. This is the 14th year the Valparaiso Police Department has participated in National Night Out. Start planning your activities today and notify the police department of your involvement. In previous years neighborhoods have planned cook-outs, ice cream socials and live music. Officers from the department would like to attend your event. For further assistance, questions or to notify the Valparaiso Police Department of your participation. To register your event call Sgt. Michael Grennes at 462-2135 (ext: 2313) or email at