Law enforcement, city of Scottsbluff offer safe, fun environment for families at National Night Out

Kids play games at the Star-Herald's booth at National Night Out during the 2017 event. 

SCOTTSBLUFF — For the 21st year, downtown business and area organizations will come together to host a fun night out for families. The Scottsbluff Police Department is once again heading National Night Out.

Efforts to organize the event have been underway for about a month now. All that planning will come together Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m.

National Night Out “is a partnership between communities and police departments to promote a safe environment for kids,” Capt. Tony Straub said. “It also lets people interact with law enforcement in a non-work related environment.”

Police and fire will come together for people to check out their cars, chat with officers and watch demonstrations such as the Scottsbluff ordnance disposal team’s bomb robot and the Nebraska State Patrol’s seat belt convincer.

“We have some new entities that have become involved,” Straub said, “but the format is basically the same — there will be games for the kids, food vendors and a car, motorcycle and bike show. Lots of fun things.”

Five hundred goodie bags will be handed out by the Scottsbluff Police Department at its trailer, which will be located in front of the Broadway Suites, which many know as the former US Bank building. at 16th and Broadway.

Straub said he hears a lot of comments from attendees about how much fun kids attending the event have had and he said police officers, like himself, also enjoy the event.

National Night Out, like the Coffee with a Cop event that the police department has been hosting is just another opportunity for community policing.

“Between National Night Out, Coffee with a Cop and trying to get our officers out to different events, it lets people talk to officers in a non-confrontational environment,” Straub said. “It lets everyone know we are human and we are here just to help the public.”

mloeks@starherald.com

Maunette Loeks is the digital news editor of the Star-Herald. Contact her at 308-632-9054 or by email at mloeks@starherald.com.

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