Next Tuesday, August 6, Lafayette Parish residents are asked to join local law enforcement for the "Annual National Night Out."

The Lafayette Police Department, the Lafayette Sheriff's Office and thousands of communities nationwide will be participating in the "National Night Out.".  The goal of the evening is crime prevention.

It will be held between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Girard Park Pavilion.

"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
  • Build police-community partnerships throughout the city
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

The event will include a variety of displays and entertainment.

Families are invited to enjoy, for free, the following:

  • Music,
  • Fun jumps
  • Food
  • Games
  • Display by the Lafayette Fire Department
  • Display by the Lafayette Sheriff's Office
  • Display by the Lafayette Police Department SWAT Team
  • Horse Patrol,
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Bicycle Patrol
  • The Police Command Bus

Target, a corporate sponsor for the event, will have employees on hand to assist with the event.

In addition to Lafayette 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.