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