FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) - Nearly 1,000 people joined outside Ware Elementary Wednesday evening for National Night Out on Fort Riley.
National Night Out, which is also known as “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” began in 1984 as an initiative by the National Association of Town Watch to bring communities together across the nation in an effort to promote crime prevention.
Officials say the goal is to strengthen the relationship between the Fort Riley community and emergency services personnel by providing various activities in a laid-back setting.
"As a law enforcement official it means a lot because, you know, the community is who we’re here for and who we serve, said Training Officer Kurtis Mohlman. "And it’s important to get to know that community and allow them to get to know us."
The evening included a free barbecue dinner, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and static displays by Fort Riley Game Wardens, Fire and Emergency Services and the Special Reaction Team.
The event was hosted by the police department with support from USO Fort Riley, Corvias Military Living and USD 475.