The Lansing Police Department is encouraging people to come out and meet the officers patrolling their neighborhood.
Tuesday is "National Night Out" for the department, which emphasizes the importance of community involvement in crime prevention, through events like cookouts, block parties, contests and youth activities.
“National Night Out is another opportunity to strengthen relationships between police and neighborhoods. The best way to prevent crime is to keep citizens informed and involved in Neighborhood Watch. This annual event provides an environment for police to keep the lines of communication open with the people they serve and to build police and community partnerships to prevent crime. Without witnesses and information that we gain from the community, many crimes would go unsolved.” said Chief Mike Yankowski.
Several neighborhood events will be taking place Tuesday night from 6pm to 9pm. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Police Chief Mike Yankowski, Board of Police Commissioners, Lansing Fire Department and “McGruff” are expected to participate. See the attached PDF for a list of all the Neighborhood Watch parties.