LAFAYETTE, LA — Tonight, residents throughout Lafayette Parish are invited to join forces with the Lafayette Police Department, the Lafayette Sheriff’s Office and thousands of communities nationwide for the “Annual National Night Out.” This unique crime prevention event will be held between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Girard Park Pavilion.
This event will include music, entertainment, fun jumps, food, games and displays by the Lafayette Fire Department, the Lafayette Sheriff’s Office, the Lafayette Police Department SWAT Team, Horse Patrol, Motorcycle Unit, Bicycle Patrol and the Police Command Bus. Target, a corporate sponsor for the event, will have employees on hand to assist with the event.
“National Night Out” is the nation’s largest annual crime prevention event with over 37 million people in 15,000 communities from all fifty states participating with their local law enforcement agencies. It is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for the participation in local anti-crime efforts: strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships throughout the city and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
There will be events held in Broussard, Duson, at Girard Park and at the Martin Luther King Center in Lafayette. All events are free to the public.