Getting Together For A ‘National Night Out’

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Neighborhoods across the country will be gathering Tuesday night as part of National Night Out, an annual event focused on community and security at the local level.

Officers with Sioux Falls Police hope the night brings communities together to create anti-crime programs. These events are also designed to bring drug prevention awareness to neighborhoods. 

Members of the police and Fire Rescue will also be stopping by at the parties in the neighborhoods they patrol to talk with neighbors. Since the first National Night Out more than 30 years ago, a key aspect of the event is connecting local neighborhood watch groups with police to build relationships between officers and the public.

“And it really helps from our side of things with crime prevention. When people look out for each other, when they see things that are out of the ordinary, then they call police,” Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said. “They’re more likely to if they know their neighbor. If they don’t know their neighbor, they may just think, ‘Oh, it’s just so-and-so, or I don’t know them, so I don’t really care.'”

National Night Out also hopes to send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and on the look out. 

For Jacki Thoms-TerHaar, it’s about getting the neighborhood together to better know each other and to build a sense of community. Her neighborhood, Orchard Heights near 26th Street and Southeastern Avenue, is hoping to make National Night Out an annual event with their first get-together this year.

“The whole idea is to pull everyone together, to have some fun and build that community and build that neighorhood relationship,” Thoms-TerHaar said. “We’re going to have a good time, just to be able to sit down and socialize and get to know each other.”

According to police, the following 25 neighborhoods will be taking part in the annual event:

36th Street and Cinnabar Circle: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
4600 Block of South Nathan Avenue: 7 p.m. 
2209 East 29th Street North: Cain’s View Estates community building: 6:30 p.m. 
900 Block of South Harrington Avenue: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Woodland Hills Avenue (Southeastern Avenue/33rd Street): 6 to 8 p.m.
200 Block of North Marquette Avenue: 7 to 8 p.m.
3600 Block of South Home Plate Avenue: 5 to 9 p.m.
6300 Block of West Misty Glenn Place: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
2700 South Lake Avenue, picnic shelter north end of Kirkeby-Over Stadium lot: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
3600 South Louise Avenue: Target: 5 to 7 p.m.
5330 West 45th Street: Marion Park: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
9000 Block of West 32nd Street: 6:15 to 8 p.m.
2600 Block of South Hawthorne Avenue: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
2400 Block of South Wellington Avenue: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
300 Block of North Summit Avenue: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
710 West 18th Street: Lowell Elementary: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
12th Street and Kiwanis Avenue: Hy-Vee Market Grille: 4 to 8 p.m.
1700 South Summit Avenue: Campus Park: 6 to 8 p.m.
600 South Phillips Avenue: Lyon Park: 6 to 8 p.m.
300 Block of North French Avenue: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
12th Street and Phillips Avenue:  Federal Courthouse Plaza: 5 to 8 p.m.
1100 Block of South Van Eps Avenue: 5 p.m. 
4600 Block of South Vista Lane: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
7420 W 64th Street: Galway Park: 7 to 8 p.m.
West 52nd Street and South Kyle Avenue: 7 p.m.


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