There were parties all over Sioux Falls Tuesday night, and law enforcement tried to stop at as many as they could. Not to break them up, but to take part in the fun! We joined a nearby block party to find out what they do for the community.
If you drive near downtown Sioux Falls, you may have noticed the extra touch of color on the crosswalk at 14th Street and Phillips Avenue.
Tuesday night, Zach DeBoer was busy painting the street as his fellow neighbors celebrated National Night Out. An event to encourage neighborhoods to come together.
“When you have strong neighborhoods, you see things like crime go down. You see people playing outside and kind of creating those neighborhoods that we all kind of dream about,” said DeBoer.
On top of art, music and food you could also find people building relationships.
“With that comes more communication from neighbor to neighbor. A safer more secure neighborhood. People are more willing to help each other out if they need to,” said Katrina Lehr-McKinney, All Saints Neighborhood Association President.
“For us that’s a big deal because it’s neighbors watching out for neighbors. If somebody is maybe not home, there’s a lot more eyes and ears that can protect their property,” said Jon Lohr, Sioux Falls Police Department.
Police and fire officials tried to stop by as many parties as they could across the city last night. For them, this night is a big part of their goal to build a safer city.
“First and foremost, we always like to let people know that we’re approachable. If things are needed, they can reach out to us and we’re here to listen,” said Lohr.
National Night Out started 35 years ago. Now, there are 16,000 communities with over 38 million people who take part each year!