(KWWL) – August 6 is National Night Out.
The annual campaign started in 1984 to bring communities and law enforcement together in a positive environment. The goal is make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live, by increasing crime awareness and building stronger relationships between cities and police.
Many times, neighborhoods will have block parties, parades, cookouts and visits with local law enforcement. Organizers hope to promote togetherness and community camaraderie.
Several neighborhoods are hosting kid friendly block parties with food, games, music, and special appearances by Herky the Hawkeye and McGruff the Crime Dog.
Iowa City Police Officers will be attending all parties to meet neighbors, play games, hand out special gifts to children, and host a back-to-school backpack raffle. Police officers will bring backpacks to show off, but the raffle will be held at the end of the night and winners will be contacted by phone.
Neighborhood parties are scheduled at the following locations:
- Intersection of Sandusky Drive and Cherry Avenue. 5:30-7:30 p.m. McGruff in attendance.
- Christ the King Lutheran Church, 325 Mormon Trek Boulevard. 6-8 p.m. Herky in attendance.
- Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Drive. 5:30-8:30 p.m. McGruff in attendance.
- Tower Court Park, 199 Marietta Avenue. 5-7 p.m. Herky in attendance.
- 896 Sugar Loaf Circle, 6-7:30 p.m. Herky in attendance.
- Paddock Circle, 7-8 p.m. McGruff in attendance.
The Dubuque Police Department is partnering with Target, Radio Dubuque, the Dubuque Multicultural Family Center, Dubuque Leisure Services, Carnegie-Stout Public Library, the VNA, Crime Stoppers, the Dubuque Chapter of the NAACP, City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development, area neighborhood associations, and other crime prevention and community advocates to bring National Night Out to the city for the 10th consecutive year.
- Comiskey Park: 24th/25th & Jackson/Washington Sttreet from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Free event includes food, beverages, games, the Bicycle Library, the RECnRoll Trailer, and a bounce house for the kids.
- Police and Fire Department vehicles will be on display, as will Brandon Prine’s 1997 Ford Mustang dragster.
- At dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.), the movie, “Incredibles 2” will be shown outside at the park next to the community center.
Neighbors throughout Cedar Rapids are asked to lock their doors, turn on their front porch lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement.
National Night Out will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This will be the 20th anniversary for Cedar Rapids to participate in National Night Out activities.
“National Night Out is an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and work together to make our community even safer,” says Chief of Police Wayne Jerman. “Criminal activity is often prevented and reduced in neighborhoods where residents look out for one another and help each other by reporting suspicious activity. Our officers look forward to connecting with residents on National Night Out and continuing to build trust and relationships with the citizens that we serve.”
- Target Retail Store: 214 Viking Plaza Dr. in Cedar Falls from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Fingerprinting available to parents for their children
- Family-friendly handouts and giveaways
- Free refreshments and treats
- Face painting and balloon artist
- Inflatables and family-friendly obstacle course
- Cookout with free hot dogs and bratwursts, provided by HyVee
- Mercy One Health AirCare helicopter will be on display along with its flight crew to answer questions and allow people to get a close-up look at an airborne ambulance
- Fire trucks, ambulance, police K9, police motorcycle, police vehicles and bicycles on-site to visit plus a chance to talk with members of the departments that provide the services to the community
“Especially for children, you know, it’s important that they know that law officers, they’re not scary. They can come and talk to them,” Amanda Huisman, Cedar Falls’ Communication Specialist said. “They can feel safe around them, and they can learn more about safety and prevention.”