MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle invites community members to the Melrose Police Department’s free National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pine Banks Park lot off Sylvan Street.

The annual event will include members of the Melrose Fire Department, DPW, Cataldo Ambulance, D&R Paving, the Melrose Police clinician along with the city’s Health and Wellness Coalition, the Melrose Motorcycle Unit and other Northeast Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council representatives, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and the Melrose Bike Patrol Team.

National Night Out is held annually on the first Tuesday in August. This is a nationwide campaign designed to strengthen the relationship between public safety officials and residents in order to foster partnerships and improve safety in neighborhoods.

This year, in partnership with the Melrose Fire Department, Melrose Police will sponsor a “Touch a Truck” event, where residents can explore police and fire equipment, along with utility vehicles from other Melrose departments and many neighboring businesses in attendance.

This family-friendly event will give residents the opportunity to come together as a community and interact with local law enforcement and public safety officials.

Residents will be able to participate in a variety of fun activities including face painting that will be offered by the Melrose Recreation Department, and other games. Slushes and water will be available throughout the event.

“I want to thank all of our sponsors and partners for their support of this event. I also want to encourage everyone to stop by and say hello,” said Lyle. “We enjoy getting to know new residents and connecting with familiar faces at what is sure to be a great event for all ages.”