The Lower Sioux Community and its police department are hosting a National Night Out event this coming Tuesday at the Lower Sioux Community Center.

The event is being held from 4-7 p.m. and includes a variety of activities and presentations for the public.

Law enforcement and other emergency personnel are going to be on hand to talk with members of the public. Inflatables and other kids activities will be offered, and food will also be on hand for those who are in attendance.

National Night Out is an “annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make communities safer, more caring places to live.” Everyone is encouraged to attend National Night Out Aug. 1.

What follows is a piece written by a member of the Lower Sioux Police Department regarding the upcoming event:

My name is Matthew Ledeboer. I am a sergeant for the Lower Sioux Police Department. For the past two years I have had the privilege of organizing our community National Night Out activities. This year will mark our third year hosting the event.

The Lower Sioux Community is hosting National Night Out Aug. 1 from 4-7 p.m. at the Lower Sioux Community Center. National Night Out began in 1984.

A total of 400 communities in 23 states participated involving an estimated 2.5 million people. That number has grown to include 16,000 communities and 38 million people.

National Night Out events are designed to engage neighborhoods in local crime and drug-abuse prevention activities. National Night Out creates crime prevention awareness in the community through a multitude of local events, such as block parties, cookouts, parades and youth events.

National Night Out also encourages partnerships between law enforcement, civic organizations and citizens. The event provides people an opportunity to gather together and talk with neighbors they may not otherwise have an opportunity to visit.

The Lower Sioux Community held its first event in 2015 and drew an estimated 400 people.

In 2017 we hope to double that number. The event will be open to community members as well as people from surrounding communities.

Local police, fire, EMS and military organizations will have personnel and equipment on hand for those in attendance to interact with, and there will be law enforcement demonstrations, including a demonstration by Lower Sioux K-9 officer Cash.

There will be activities for kids, including bouncy houses and presentations by the Lower Sioux Interpretive Center. Food will also be provided.

I hope to see you there.