National Night Out is Tuesday at Chautauqua Park
Community leaders hope to increase crime prevention awareness during the 30th annual National Night Out on Tuesday at Chautauqua Park at Fifth Street and Laird Avenue.
The event will feature a free barbecue at 5:30 p.m., kicked off with a walk around the park.
People are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Community organizations will also present information about social services offered in the community. Agencies from around the community will have literature and representatives available to answer questions.
Organized by the Hastings Police Department and the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce's Crime Prevention Task Force, the event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for law enforcement, strengthen community spirit and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are fighting back.
National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored by the Hastings Police Department. More than 10,000 communities from across the nation and Canada are expected to participate in the event.