Sioux City Police and Fire Rescue both took part in a "National Night Out" block party in Sioux City.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Do you know your neighbors? Police say Tuesday was the perfect opportunity. Tuesday was "National Night Out" all across the country.
For a few hours, several block parties around Sioux City celebrated 30th annual "National Night Out," which promotes crime prevention.
Sioux City Fire Rescue and Police were out at Siouxland Youth For Christ with the local community.
Music, food and games made the night one big party in hopes of bringing people together. "We've become a country where we go to work all day and we come home and shut the door," said SYFC executive director Karl Van Cura. "It's an opportunity to get everybody out for a couple of hours and just celebrate that we're a community here in Siouxland."
Siouxland Youth for Christ" was just one of the sites for "National Night Out" in Sioux City.
The others were Grandma Moos Park, Riverside Lutheran Church, Cook Park, and Leeds Park.
The communities of Norfolk, Pierce, and Madison, Neb., also took part in "National Night Out".
Norfolk Police Capt. Don Miller says most of his encounters are with good people having a bad day. He says this event allows residents to get to know their local emergency personal away from the crime scene. He adds it takes a whole community to make a safe community. "We've had several situations where there has been tornadoes or traumatic events happen around northeast Nebraska," said Miller, "The community always pulls together. When the community works together, it makes it a safe environment for everybody and it allows us to do our jobs along the way."
This was the sixth year for the "National Night Out" event in Norfolk, and included free games, prizes and food.
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