Police, metro neighborhoods celebrate National Night Out

Published: Aug. 1, 2017 at 9:10 PM CDT
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The annual National Night Out brought out the best of metro communities Tuesday. The annual community-building campaign promotes partnerships between police and the neighborhoods they protect.

Neighborhoods hosted block parties at several locations throughout Omaha.

"Statistics prove that the majority of the time —especially in low-income neighborhoods— when people see the police it's because the police have been called to answer some sort of issue that is a negative issue. Tonight is a night where the police can come and engage with the youth and engage with the community. They can have fun with each other," said Kimara Snipe, Highland South-Indian Hill Neighborhood Association.

A south Omaha community even used the national celebration to connect employer representatives with residents about possible jobs in their area.

Metropolitan Community Church hosted an event with water slides, bouncy castles and a DJ. They're message what to promote love within their community.

“It doesn’t matter where you live in Omaha. You’re still an Omahan, you’re an American. You shouldn't care whether you black, white, purple or green, or gay or lesbian – it doesn’t matter. You should give back to your community and love one another,” said Levi Mohr with MCC.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states.