By Dan Campana
Mother Nature tried to throw a wrench into the mix for this year’s National Night Out festivities, but – with a few exceptions – law enforcement’s annual community summer party went on as scheduled around the Chicago suburbs.
Now in its 38th year, National Night Out long-ago established itself as a program designed to engage local police officers and residents to build and grow relationships. Millions of people attend events across the United States that go far beyond meet-and-greets to include, among other things, K-9 demos, dunk tanks and behind-the-scenes looks at police vehicles.
The same held true earlier this week throughout Chicagoland. Here’s a look at some of the fun of the area’s National Night Out 2018 activities:
Without a doubt, kids are always a major focal point of National Night Out. That certainly was the case for youngsters attending the West Chicago Police Department’s gathering.
Although the weather altered plans for the Evanston Police Department, including pushing some activities indoors, there were still plenty of smiles as police and the community came together.
A little rain didn’t seem to bother the crowd in Barrington as officers ramped up the department’s social media game with a handy-dandy frame for photos.
Local businesses, the Windy City Bulls and a community church joined together to make it a special night at the Hoffman Estates Police Department’s event during which police vehicles were one of the most popular attractions.
The Bolingbrook Police Department fanned out across the community to visit National Night Out celebrations and neighborhood gatherings in various subdivisions around the suburb. As usual, the K-9’s appearance proved to be popular.
Ron Kittle, on the Chicago White Sox’s most popular players of the past, joined the fun during National Night Out with the Western Spring Police Department.