Hastings community comes together in ‘National Night Out’

The event was held at Libs Park this year.
Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 9:08 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Thousands of communities across the United States joined forces Tuesday in “National Night Out.” The event is held each year in an effort to help reduce crime and prevent drug use.

The Hastings community joined in on the movement, marking the 39th annual Night Out for the city.

Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce, in part with the Hastings Police Department hosted the event at Libs Park.

The public was invited for a night of fun on the town with plenty of food and drinks — making for a prime opportunity to interact with neighbors and local first responders.

“For the police department being able to interact with the community, play games with whom. Just to be able to have a good time with members of the community, being able to show we’re not just officers, there’s more behind the badge. We live in the same communities and are community members just like everybody else,” said Officer Ethan Sherman.

Greg Sinner, who is a member of the Chamber’s Crime Prevention Committee told Local4 News he has been involved in the event ever since it started in Hastings.

“I’ve just stayed with it all these years because it is important to the community and I think it’s important to the police department and the interaction of everybody,” Sinner said.

Corporal John Adams added, “It feels really good. Time and time again we’ve had a lot of these that are repeat vendors that are coming to show support for the community as well as offer information. It’s also a time for us as well as the community to come together and take a walk against crime.”

The event started at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with a barbecue, family-friendly activities, and the chance to visit with HPD officer and local nonprofit organizations.

Overall, more than 34 million people across the U.S. were expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”

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