National Night Out 2016

Beech Grove and Southport community shows their support for their police departments during annual community event

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Eagle Riders with Beech Grove Police and City Officials.
Homecroft shows appreciation for its officers on National Night Out The town of Homecroft gathered for its National Night Out event on Aug. 2, joined by Homecroft Police and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. Pictured, Sheriff John Layton interacts with area resident.
The town of Homecroft gathered for its National Night Out event on Aug. 2, joined by Homecroft Police and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. Pictured, Sheriff John Layton interacts with area resident.
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An estimated 175 to 200 Garfield Park neighbors attended the annual National Night Out on Aug. 2 at the Pagoda in the Park. They were joined by over a dozen IMPD officers and prosecutors who were welcomed and recognized by neighbors for their selfless work keeping us safe at a time when they often feel as if so many people are critical of them. “But they undoubtedly received a boost from their acceptance Tuesday night, along with the huge food spread, including, as always, the famous barbecue,” wrote Jim Simmons, Garfield Park resident, in an email. “Special kudos to the many volunteers, too many to name, most of whom live south of the Park, for organizing and staffing the event.”

Better relationships between police officers and their community create a safer environment for everyone. That is the purpose of National Night Out, an annual event which encourages the community to interact with police departments in a positive, fun-filled way. Police departments across the country celebrated with community events, including Southport and Beech Grove.

Beech Grove had 20 officers come to interact with the community at

Sarah T Bolton Park, with face painting, balloon twisting, pony rides, bounce house, obstacle course, snow cones and more.

“I’ve heard people talk about interactions with their street, how they’ve had better policing the last few years or so. I’ve seen a lot more interactions with the public this year. It’s more engaging.”

Southport had nearly 30 officers, with a scavenger hunt, bounce house, door prizes, free fingerprinting for children, food and giveaways. Other activities include “dunk-a-cop” and a silent auction and a live auction with proceeds helping the department purchase ballistic vests.

Southport officers Chris Wilcher and Todd Craighead help children with the scavenger hunt portion of National Night Out.
Southport officers Chris Wilcher and Todd Craighead help children with the scavenger hunt portion of National Night Out.