MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle invites community members to the Melrose Police Department’s free National Night Out event.


Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 4-7 p.m.


Pine Banks Park, parking lot off Sylvan Street


  • Melrose Police Department (Sponsor and Host)
  • Melrose Fire Department
  • Melrose Department of Public Works (DPW)
  • Cataldo Ambulance
  • D&R Paving
  • The Melrose Police clinician along with the Melrose Health and Wellness Coalition
  • Melrose Motorcycle Unit and other NEMLEC Representatives
  • 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. Slushies 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 Chief 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.”

“Melrose is excited to join the hundreds of other cities and towns across the United States that are participating in similar National Night Out events. One of the best ways to build a safer community is to know your neighbors, your surroundings and your public safety workers,” said Mayor Paul Brodeur. “The Police Department’s Touch-a-Truck event  is a great opportunity for community members of all ages to meet our police officers, firefighters, DPW workers, and other public safety workers. I’m also looking forward to seeing the joy on the faces of our youngest residents as they climb and explore the emergency and construction vehicles.”