URBANDALE, Iowa — Police departments and neighborhoods are fighting against crime by celebrating “National Night Out.”
The purpose is to invite community members to get together with police officers to build stronger communities.
It also allows kids to interact with law enforcement and help them understand it’s ok to talk to police officers.
The Urbandale Police Department has been putting it on each of the last six years.
“The first year we started with maybe 150 people and last year we had about 2,500 people. So it’s gone up about 600 people a year since we started this event,” event organizer Ben Buenzow said.
Children at the event received cop cards. They got a check for each officer they talk to and If they talked to five officers, they had a chance to win a prize at the end of the night.