To build relations between police and the community they serve, many areas are hosting their annual “National Night Out," events.
National Night Out is held on the first Tuesday of August, and so far East Lansing, Williamston and the Meridian Township Police Department are holding events.
The purpose of the events are to promote community safety and awareness, and also allow neighborhoods and community members to interact with their local law enforcement officers.
In East Lansing, the police department is teaming with the East Lansing Public Library for National Night Out, and the Touch-a-Truck Event. At the event, there will be children’s activities and police cars, fire truck, ambulance, a recycling truck from the Department of Public Works, a trolley and more.
The event will be from 6 to 9 pm at the Library, located at 950 Abbot Road. The library and parking lot will close at 5 pm to prepare for the community celebration.
Meridian Township police will be visiting neighborhoods with McGruff or their K9 Unit, according to their website.
Williamston’s event will be at McCormick Part from 3 to 9 pm. There will be food, games and a horse-drawn wagon ride. There will also be the second annual John Pelong National Night Out Car Show.
According to the National Night Out website, some areas hold their events on the first Tuesday of October.