Matt Paskin is a spokesman for 31st annual event which brings people together in a fight against crime in their neighborhoods.
Paskin says, “It’ll be the block parties, the parades, the cookouts, the festivals, visits from local law enforcement, visits from local officials, all designed to bring people out, get them to know their neighbors better and get them to know local police and sheriffs departments.”
Nationwide, some 16,000 communities will be participating in the National Night Out.
“It kind of turns the clock back to the ’40s and ’50s,” Paskin says. “People knew their neighbors and routinely looked out for each other and everybody knew the cop on the beat. Society is a lot different now and if we’re going to keep up with criminals, we’ve got to do things like this.”
Some of the Nebraska cities involved include: Aurora, Bellevue, Bennington, Broken Bow, Dannebrog, Fairbury, Franklin, Fullerton, Grand Island, Hastings, Holdrege, Keith County, Kimball, La Vista, Lincoln, Madison, McPherson, McPherson County, Norfolk, Omaha, Papillion, Plainview, Scottsbluff, South Sioux City and Valley.
Learn more through the National Association of Town Watch website: www.natw.org.