Matt Peskin is the national project coordinator for the 34th annual event which includes activities in at least 30 in Nebraska communities and 16,000 cities nationwide.
“The original idea was kind of symbolic, sit on your front porch, turn on the porch light and take a stand against crime,” Peskin says. “As the years have progressed, it’s evolved into the block parties, cookouts, parades and various activities that not only bring neighbors out to meet neighbors but also neighbors out to meet law enforcement.”
He encourages Nebraskans to check in with their local communities to see what’s happening and how they can take part.
“If you look at some of the events and activities and you looked at some in New York City and you looked at some in Los Angeles, you probably couldn’t tell the difference of where you are,” Peskin says. “It could be anywhere. Each one’s a little different but they’re all the same.”
This event is designed to be positive in saluting the work of law enforcement in all kinds of communities.
“There’s really no consistency in the size of the places, there’s small towns, there’s big cities, there’s suburban, there’s rural,” Peskin says. “It’s a nice spirit and a nice theme and it’s a great way to meet law enforcement under positive circumstances.”
This is a partial list of Nebraska communities taking part: Aurora, Bellevue, Blair, Central City, Dannebrog, Falls City, Fremont, Grand Island, Hastings, Holdrege, Kearney, La Vista, Lincoln, Madison, Omaha, Papillion, Phillips, Pierce, Richardson County, Scottsbluff, Valentine and Valley.
Learn more at the National Association of Town Watch website.