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National Night Out at Heritage Park connects local police, emergency responders to residents

Sammi Hartman, daughter of Shawnee Police officer, Shane Hartman, waits for her dad to finish packing up the truck at the conclusion of the event.

SHAWNEE – For the 16th consecutive year, National Night Out at Heritage Park brought the community together to promote positive police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. The event kicked off with the Pace for Prevention 5k and included free food, live musical entertainment, inflatables, and booths and activities run by Lima businesses and Shawnee High School sports teams. The Shawnee Police and Fire Departments were also present to interact with the families.

Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.

The event originated more than 30 years ago when a group of neighbors turned on their porch lights and spent the evening outside with neighbors and police. The purpose of this event is to:

  • Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back
  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; and
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships

Photos: Paige Apkarian