Will you celebrate National Night Out?
Have you ever attended the Janesville Police Department’s annual National Night Out event? This year’s version will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday on the streets next to the department, 100 N. Jackson St. The free event, offering food and fun, will be held rain or shine.
Food will include even more hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches. The event ran out of food in the first hour last year, so organizers will be preparing more this time around.
Fun will include chances for kids to have their photos taken while sitting inside a squad car, a fire truck, an ambulance and a garbage truck. Kids can enjoy games courtesy of Janesville Leisure Services and the local Vietnam Veterans of America. Young and old can watch as police demonstrate use of a Taser, the Special Weapons and Tactics team uses pepper balls and gas, and two police dogs take down a subject.
The 5K Fun Run Against Crime, which benefits CrimeStoppers, starts at 7 p.m., and you can register before the race. CrimeStoppers will offer child fingerprinting kits. Local organizations will provide information about their programs. In a drawing, someone will win a 32-inch flat-screen TV donated by Target.
How did this national observance get started, and how can it help fight crime? We’ll explain in our editorial Tuesday.