October 3, 2017 is the date for Annual National Night Out crime prevention events across the U.S. In Lafayette, it will take place from 5 PM - 7 PM at the Martin Luther King Center at 309 Cora Street. Visitors can see displays from the Lafayette Fire Department, the Lafayette Sheriff’s Office, the Lafayette Police Department SWAT Team, Horse Patrol, Motorcycle Unit, and the Police Command Bus. There will also be  music, entertainment, food, and games.

From LPD Cpl. Karl Ratcliffe:

“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.

 

Free events will also be held in Broussard, Youngsville and Duson.