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Columbia County
341 E. Main St.
Dayton, WA 99328



Citizens of Columbia County are invited to the Dayton City Park on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for National Night Out. 

National Night Out is an annual anti-crime and anti-drug event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), and co-sponsored locally by Sheriff Rocky Miller and his staff at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.  Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out in 2014.  Last year, nearly 1,000 people attended National Night Out in the Dayton City Park!

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals and drug dealers letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. 

The Dayton City Park will be filled with events and activities.  Free hotdogs courtesy of Banner Bank will be served up by members of the Dayton Kiwanis and Dayton Lion’s Club and other local volunteers, while free soft drinks will be provided by Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co.  Free cold bottled water will also be provided by Royal Neighbors of America and Puget Sound Energy.  Scheduled events include a close-up look at both Life Flight and Medstar helicopters, which will be flying in for display.   You can have your child fingerprinted and videotaped for an emergency response identification packet by the Child Abduction Response Team.   The Sheriff’s Office will have their patrol boat on display.  The Washington State Patrol will be on hand providing demonstrations of their remote controlled bomb robot.  Fire District #3 will be present to   provide tours of their ambulances and fire trucks.  The State Game Department will be here with their new large “TIPS” game education trailer.  The YWCA is scheduled to provide a wide variety of kid's games and activities.  Free swimming will be offered in the Dayton City Pool between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.  The Columbia County Health System will be sponsoring a free night glow fun run beginning at 8:30 p.m.  There will also be a free family movie in the park later in the evening courtesy of Blue Mountain Counseling beginning at 9:00 p.m.

32 exhibits and displays are expected to be on hand on the park lawn.  In addition to the free food, exhibits and demonstrations, there will be free prize drawings conducted by many of the exhibiters all evening, but you must be present to win!  So bring the family, lawn chairs or blankets and have some fun at National Night Out!  Oh, and Dayton City Public Works would like to remind everyone that there are no animals allowed in the park, so unfortunately, you’ll have to leave your pets at home folks. 

National Night Out is a family-oriented, alcohol and smoke-free event.

Sheriff Miller answers a question from a young member of the community.


A long standing tradition with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office was recently resurrected by Sheriff's Office Volunteer Liz Quigg by handing out treats Halloween night to children from our community.  The goodies are donated by local charities, businesses and civic groups of our community.  Through this program, the goal is to illustrate to our youth that local law enforcement are friends who are here to help and not someone to be feared.  This year, as with the past 4 years, hundreds of children and their parents are expected to trick or treat the Sheriff's Office. As in the past, we are partnering with Columbia County Fire District #3, who will be on hand as well with fire trucks and an ambulance for the kids to tour, also providing hot dogs to feed the hungry little ghouls and goblins!  

Come join the fun with us on Halloween night!  We'll be out in front of the Courthouse between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. 



The Citizen's Academy was created as a means to inform and educate interested members of our community about the various aspects of local law enforcement.  Held once a year, this 4-month course provides weekly 2-hour classes on various topics of interest such as communications, collision investigation, crime scene investigation, juvenile justice, mental health, domestic violence advocacy, emergency management, and other related topics.  Classes are taught by highly trained and knowledgeable local and regional experts in each field.  At the end of the 16-week course, participants receive certificates of completion and are allowed to keep the extensive course materials handed out at each class.  Some of our graduates have gone on to become 9-1-1 dispatchers and reserve deputies with our agency.  

Contact Civil Deputy Tim Quigg at 509-382-3982 for more information about the Citizen's Academy.   

To be placed on the student roster for the next Citizen's Academy, send an e-mail HERE with your name, address and phone number.


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