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Lincoln residents invited to National Night Out

By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Know and Go

What: Police Activities League National Night Out party

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Neighborhoods throughout Lincoln and Target Shopping Center, 950 Groveland Lane, Lincoln

Lincoln residents will join millions of Americans Tuesday when they participate in the 32nd National Night Out.

Paul Tyler, community service officer for the Lincoln Police Department, said city residents “typically have a really good response” to National Night Out.

“Usually, there are more parties than we can get to,” Tyler said. “Lincoln Hills has had 60 to 100 parties the last few years and there are multiple parties throughout the city.

“The parties can be as small as neighborhood ice cream socials and barbecues or even a little bigger with pot-lucks, bands and closed streets,” said Tyler, adding that the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department had received 12 applications for encroachment permits for the night.

Diana Creamer, a Lincoln Hills resident, said she would “be throwing an ice cream social” on her street, Lariat Loop, at 6 p.m.

“Our neighborhood does it every year,” Creamer said. “We do it for the camaraderie with the neighbors and it solidifies friendships. It keeps us close and it lets each other know we are there for each other.”

Lincoln Police Chief Rex Marks said there were options for residents without a neighborhood block party.

“We also have a stationary event going on,” Marks said. “We look forward to having everyone participate.”

The Lincoln Police Activities League will sponsor a free party from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Target shopping center parking lot, 950 Groveland Lane. The party will include visits from Lincoln firefighters and police officers as well as city officials. There will also be bounce houses, face painting, games and a raffle as well as hot dogs and chips.

According to the Lincoln Police Department, the focus of National Night Out is to heighten crime and drug-prevention awareness and generate support for local anti-crime efforts. The annual event is also designed to strengthen police-community partnerships and build neighborhood camaraderie.

National Night Out – according to the National Association of Town Watch, a nonprofit crime-prevention organization – is an annual effort to promote involvement in crime prevention, neighborhood camaraderie and police-community partnerships.

For more information or to request a visit from the Lincoln Police Volunteers, call community service officer Paul Tyler at 645-4083 or 645-4079.