Local police agencies taking part in "National Night Out"

Lansing, Mich. - There are several events happening Tuesday encouraging people to get out to meet and mingle with their neighbors.

Tuesday is "National Night Out" for the several police departments, which emphasizes the importance of community involvement in crime prevention, through events like cookouts, block parties, contests and youth activities.

In Williamston, the police department will be holding its 9th annual National Night Out Event. There will be food, fun, games, a hot air balloon, climbing wall horse-drawn wagon rides and a car show. All branches of the military will also have representatives present this year.

The event will take place at McCormick Park from 3PM-9PM Tuesday.

In East Lansing, The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) and East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) are once again partnering to host the City of East Lansing's National Night Out, Touch-a-Truck event from 6PM-8PM at ELPL, 950 Abbot Road.

This year's event will feature interaction with local police officers and firefighters, a bounce house, face painting, snacks, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and plenty of vehicles for children to explore. Children can explore police vehicles from ELPD, a fire engine and ambulance from the East Lansing Fire Department, several vehicles from the East Lansing Department of Public Works, a CATA bus and trolley, a tow truck from H&H Mobil, an emergency response vehicle from the American Red Cross and more. Members of the ELPD K9 Unit will also be there to visit with young animal lovers again this year as well as members of the ELPD Bike Unit.

In Meridian Township, officers will be visiting neighborhoods with McGruff the Crime Dog and/or K-9 Unit, on motorcycles and in cars in a variety of activities from 6PM-8PM.