Citizens are invited to come out and enjoy a meal with officers Tuesday during the annual National Night Out from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Chautauqua Park, Fifth Street and Laird Avenue.

Officers will help serve food, show displays of vehicles, and more as a way to help strengthen relations between the Hastings Police Department and the public.

Not only will citizens have the chance to see officers outside of service calls, but National Night Out offers a chance to learn about non-profit agencies in the area and the services they provide. Around 30 public service agencies usually have booths set up for the event.

The event will start with a walk around the park, followed by a free barbecue with hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and pop available.

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, Hastings Police Department and Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce. More than 10,000 communities from across the nation and Canada are expected to participate in the event. People are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.

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