MINOOKA – The village of Minooka and the Minooka Police Department have decided to throw a goodbye party to crime and drugs as they celebrate National Night Out.
Minooka police Chief Justin Meyer wants families to bring their children to this year’s National Night Out, scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lions Park, to give them the opportunity to meet the police officers who work in the community.
“It’s an opportunity for the community and the police department to build a bond,” Meyer said. “It lets criminals know we are taking a stance against them.”
According to the National Night Out website, natw.org, “America’s Night Out Against Crime” was introduced in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Minooka has hosted an event annually for several years, but had to cancel in 2013 because of scheduling conflicts. Meyer said he is excited to bring it back.
Minooka residents who attend are asked to join forces and lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend an evening outside with neighbors and police.
“It’s time for Minooka residents to band together and promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity,” community police officer Denis Tatgenhorst said in a news release. “National night out is vital to Minooka, so please lets get together and give crime and drugs a going away party.”
The event will have a DJ so the community can dance the night away.
In addition to dancing, the event will have a trackless train ride, bounce houses, a chalk walk against crime as well as other family-fun events.
At the event, the community will get to meet Rugar, the department’s newest officer and its only four-legged one.
This year the police are partnering with Heartland Bank to collect new school supplies for local Minooka schools, so Meyer said while coming for the fun the community also will have the opportunity to give back.
Food, snacks and refreshments will also be provided.
IF YOU GO
What: National Night Out Against Crime in Minooka
When: 6 to 9 p.m., Aug. 5
Where: Lions Park in Minooka
Donate: The community is encouraged to bring new school supplies items that will be donated to local schools
For information: Call Minooka police at 815-467-2298