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PAL hosts National Night Out

All are invited to participate
By: Toni Arnes,
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Lincoln Police Activities League (PAL), in close partnership with Lincoln Lighthouse, invites the community to come out Tuesday for its fourth annual National Night Out block party to promote community awareness and to strengthen police and community relationships.
National Night Out is a nationwide event for the last 30 years. Creating a neighborhood watch is a main focus of the annual event.
Officer Steve Krueger of the Lincoln Police Department said the event is “two-prong.”
“We reach out to the community and the community reaches out to us,” Krueger said about that description. “The community can address specific concerns in a safe platform. It’s win-win.”
The event is considered positive, according to Krueger, because “residents interact with police in an upbeat setting as opposed to a scary setting.”
In the past, Krueger estimated that 300 to 400 residents have attended the
About 15 block parties will be held at various locations in the city.
This year, the Police Activities League block party will be held next to Creekside Oaks Elementary. Krueger said this location has a playground and better parking.
Refreshments are free, as well as kid-oriented activities such as relays and crafts.
At least one or two officers from Lincoln Police Department are expected to stop by and say “hi” to kids, according to Krueger.
Lincoln Lighthouse Family & Counseling Center is the organizer of the event. And Target is providing free prizes as well as volunteers.
Stephanie Lombardi community outreach coordinator at Lincoln Lighthouse, asks residents to bring their lawn chairs and make an evening of the event.
“It’s a free event for everyone,” Lombardi said. “Come out and have a good time and learn about crime prevention.”
Other block parties will be held on Tuesday. For more information, see the  …….