Franklin and New Whiteland will host National Night Out programs to connect police officers with residents Aug. 2.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Franklin’s festivities are being organized by the police department and will start at 6 p.m. at the rec center, 396 Branigin Blvd. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office also is participating in the event in Franklin.

The public is invited to eat hot dogs and to a free pool party from 7 to 9 p.m. Children can meet police officers and have their pictures taken, touch and sit in police and emergency response vehicles, try on impairment goggles and watch K-9 and robot demonstrations.

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Parents also can have their children fingerprinted and complete identification kits.

New Whiteland’s activities will be at East Park, 300 Ballpark Drive, behind the fire station from 6 to 9 p.m.

Officers from both New Whiteland and Whiteland will participate in the event that will promote crime prevention efforts and allow the public to meet and greet police officers.

The New Whiteland event also will include self-defense demonstrations, fingerprinting children, information on starting neighborhood crime watch programs, emergency response vehicles, face painting, live music and food.