NNO Aug. 5th

National Night Out is here again and the El Dorado Police Department encourages neighborhoods to come together for this yearly event.  
National Night Out now involves more than 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities nationwide. The event began in 1984 as a community effort to educate citizens and bring neighborhoods together to combat crime.  
The event brings citizens together through different events, in order that relationships are developed and neighbors will know and communicate with each other.  
"I have always been an advocate of neighborhood watches and keeping the citizens informed, just as they keep law enforcement informed about crime in their areas," Lt. Aaron Curnutt said. "The neighborhoods, and its citizens, are the eyes and ears of the community and without them we would be far worse off in our ability to perform our duties. My hope is through education and in embracing our community members, we can move toward more proactive efforts rather then relying on a reactive form of service that law enforcement traditionally utilizes."
The community is asked to join the NNO event on Aug. 5. Contact Curnutt with the El Dorado Police Department at (316) 321-9100 ext. 304 or  acurnutt@eldoks.com for more information and to schedule block party events.
Curnutt said they would have an officer stop by each of the events being held as a way to get out into the community.
"My hope is to build on this event and make each year better," he said.