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Together @ National Night Out

By Amy Whelan , City of Morgan Hill / Photos by City of Morgan Hill
Morgan Hill Centennial Recreation Center 2022 National Night Out
On Tuesday , Aug . 2 the Morgan Hill Police Department ( MHPD ) is preparing for the City ’ s National Night Out event and invites everyone to spend a great summer evening with your family , friends , and neighbors . MHPD has participated in the nationwide event for many years and is looking forward to another great evening at the Civic Center Plaza .
Meet police officers and firefighters , see police and fire vehicles on display , meet Morgan Hill ' s SWAT Team , Morgan Hill ' s K9 Officer Bosco , enjoy kids ' activities , giveaways , and prizes .
“ It is a great evening for all of us . Our officers love it as much as the adults and children attending do ,” says Chief Shane Palsgrove . “ Seeing residents come out and enjoy the fun , strolling through displays , getting to know our officers and professional staff is what we strive to do every day of the year . This event is a real highlight of the summer . It encapsulates our desire to stay in touch , be visible and always approachable with everyone in Morgan Hill .”
Launched nationally in August 1984 , National Night Out is , at its core , about neighborhood and community camaraderie . For more information on the event in general visit natw . org .
Morgan Hill Together
Vibrant . Lucky to be here . Hidden gem . Close knit . Those are just some of the phrases you ’ ll hear residents use when describing Morgan Hill .
The City ’ s staff is keenly aware of how important it is to preserve those sentiments , reinforce the rich , varied character of the City as it evolves , and weave in growth with resources to keep residents ’ needs and goals top of mind every step of the way .
Morgan Hill Together is a concerted effort to connect the City and its staff with residents in respectful , helpful , and constructive ongoing interactions .
The City is committed to staying educated about important local issues , and reciprocally , educating residents on what various internal departments or outside agencies do . At the same time , it is important for residents to get involved , stay involved , and help bring about change they want to see . The City needs you as part of the process to keep its evolution healthy and comprehensive .
Let ’ s get to know each other better ! In addition to events like National Night Out , the City is planning to be on hand through the community for events such as Sidewalk Saturdays , the weekly Farmers ’ Market , and other opportunities as they emerge . We want to meet you , answer your questions , and hear what is on your mind . Many City employees are residents , too , and they are as committed to solving problems daily as you are and creating a great place for all of us to call home !
The City regularly hosts Townhall Meetings , posts timely information directly in email and hosts social media pages on Facebook , Twitter , Nextdoor and Instagram , as well as https :// www . morgan-hill . ca . gov /. Multiple departments also provide topic specific information channels , such as economic development , recreation , environmental services and the Library , Culture & Arts Commission .
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