(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:
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.
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.