Once again tonight, law enforcement officials, public safety organizations, and neighborhood watch groups will put on a community safety event as part of the National Night Out Against Crime.

The community parties are held across the country as a way to bring neighbors together in a show of solidarity against the local criminal element. Law enforcement agencies attend with safety information and as a way to connect with the local residents.

In Bangor, tonight's event starts at 6:00 in Stillwater park, off Howard Street. There will be an inflatable obstacle course, free food, face painting, and a K9 team demonstration by the Bangor Police. The Bangor Bomb Squad will also hold a robot demonstration, the Penobscot County Sheriff's Department will do iris scans, Bangor Fire will be there with their trucks, and there will be prizes given away!

According to the City of Bangor website, "this year's NNO will serve to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for (and participation in) local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that Bangor neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

For more information on Bangor's National Night Out 2016, contact Jason McAmbley of the Bangor Police Department at 947-7384, ext. 5733.