National Night Out: Cities come together for 'America's Night Out Against Crime'

INDIANAPOLIS - National Night Out, an effort now nearly 38-million strong, begins Tuesday.

Also known as "America's Night Out Against Crime," it's an opportunity for Indiana residents to turn on porch lights, get to know your neighbors, visit with police and take part in the block parties, cookouts, parades and meetings that come with the night.

Indianapolis police (IMPD) said it's a good chance to promote police-community relations, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie, not to mention to send a message to criminals. Find out more about National Night Out here.

Here are some events around central Indiana planned for National Night Out:

Indianapolis

The 31st-Annual National Night Out Against Crime Kick-Off and 2014 Crime Fighter of the Year Recognition Program happens at noon at the Arthur M. Glick Community Center, Lakin Auditorium, at 6701 Hoover Road. (Enter through door 3 or 6.)

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry will be at the Southport Presbyterian Church (1427 Southview Drive) at 5:30 p.m. and Our Savior Lutheran Church  (261 W. 25th St.) at 7:45.

Or you could head over to Garfield Park beginning at 6:30 p.m. for a cookout and get-to-know-you event.

Carmel

Head to the Carmel Gazebo from 6 to 8:30 p.m. to meet with the Carmel Police Department and take part in their National Night Out event.

Fishers

Head to the Nickel Plate Amphitheater and District from 7 to 10 p.m. for music, kids' activities (bounce house, vortex tunnel, balloon artist, airbrush artist, video game demos), a K-9 demonstration and food trucks.

Noblesville

You can go to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (18100 Cumberland Road) for the Hamilton County event.

Westfield

The 2014 Jake Laird Community Day will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Quaker Park in Westfield. This year will mark the 10-year anniversary of IMPD Officer Jake Laird's death, who gave his life in the line of duty on August 18, 2004. The family event is free and will have hot dogs, popcorn, rock climbing, face painting and a police K-9 demonstration. 

Whitestown

Head to the Town Hall starting at 4 p.m. for food, drinks, games and water sports -- oh, and a zip line!

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