Omaha, Nebraska 2021-08-03 23:36:45 –
Omaha, Nebraska (KMTV) —National Night Out is back nationwide tonight after missing a year ago due to a pandemic. This includes the entire metropolitan area.
“We’re hitting about five or six different areas. I’m going to hit about five or six myself,” said Douglas County Chief Deputy Wayne Hudson. “Let people know that we are here and that we are out.”
The event brings together communities and organizations to interact with law enforcement agencies and first responders in a more relaxed environment.
“I always say that it is the law enforcement agency’s responsibility to place it in a place where public and law enforcement agencies can interact positively,” Hudson said. “This is a great opportunity to connect with children in particular. Play soccer, fight water balloons and let them know that we are humans. Not from us, but to us. Please run towards. “
“National NightOut aims to improve the relationship between police and the community, but it also shows the community that we can get together and play our part,” said the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance. Kimala Snipe, Chairman of the Board, said.
This all comes after a year that is incredibly challenging for everyone.
“Crazy is a bad word, but that’s all I can think of. There’s a shell casing at the front door and more shootings in the neighborhood. There have been three since last night. COVID, social justice protests, relationships Thanks to everything I do, I think it was a kind of perfect storm, “Snipe said. “Tonight is about helping children grow their relationships by bringing police here in the light of being able to see them positively.”
“Last year was very difficult for the general public and law enforcement agencies,” Hudson said. “Now it’s time to relax, relieve stress, go out and love your neighbors.”
Every place was full of fun, games, and conversations.
The Douglas County Health Department was also located in several locations, providing vaccinations to those in need.
All of this focuses only on community safety and unity.
“This is great for the community and you can meet other people around here,” said Anthony Recon, who lives in South Omaha. “Everyone is very friendly just to meet people here.”
“People want to go out. For law enforcement, we want you to go out and get to know your neighbors, so what’s happening in your neighborhood I know if you are, “Hudson said. “So I know when something is right and wrong.”
“This is an opportunity to connect. You can connect with people, and you can see that you can break through many barriers and walls just by having a conversation,” Snipe said.
Several places were celebrating in Omaha, along with events at Bellevue, Papillion and Council Bluffs.
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