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Annual community event focuses on crime prevention

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:00 a.m. CDT

WONDER LAKE – An event designed to promote crime prevention and encourage neighborhood camaraderie is planned at a Wonder Lake area park.

The McHenry County Conservation District, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the Wonder Lake Fire Department will team up to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime with free food and activities.

The event will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Harrison Benwell Conservation Area, 7055 McCullom Lake Road, Wonder Lake, and is open to all residents of McHenry County.

There would be information booths on child passenger safety and Project S.W.E.E.P. Various police and fire equipment will be on display.

Special demonstrations are scheduled throughout the evening, including an extrication at 5:30 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. by the Wonder Lake Fire Department; a precision riding motorcycle demo at 5:50 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. by the McHenry County Conservation District police; and a police K-9 demonstration at 6:10 p.m. by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

National Night Out is held annually on the first Tuesday of August across the country to promote crime prevention and safety programs and strengthen police-community partnerships.

Event updates are available on the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the conservation district’s website,, or by calling 815-338-2144.

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