TOWNSEND -- The police department will be hosting its first National Night Out on Tuesday, joining a movement to bring the community together with its officers in a peaceful and family-friendly way.

Townsend Police Chief Rick Bailey said the event will be held 6 to 8 p.m. at the Townsend Public Library, 12 Dudley Road, in meeting rooms A & B and in a section of the parking lot.

This free event is part of a "national community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live," he said.

The response has been extremely positive, Bailey said.

"There will be games, arts and crafts, face painting, Charlotte's Web Memorabilia, a live animal display, gymnastics demonstrations, entertainment by the Shriners Clown Unit, car seat and bike helmet information, popcorn by Kids Country Playground, State Police, and there are many town departments, non-profits and local businesses coming to spread the word about the services they offer," he added. "I have been receiving calls every day with offers to

participate which is terrific, it makes it a true community event, and something we couldn't do without this group effort."