National Night Out fills Mills Park in Carson City

Wyatt Hogan, 3, enjoys a free hot dog and cold drink at the National Night Out event on Tuesday.

Wyatt Hogan, 3, enjoys a free hot dog and cold drink at the National Night Out event on Tuesday.

Thousands flooded Mills Park on Tuesday to celebrate the 14th annual National Night Out.

The event brings together law enforcement and public safety with the Carson City community to improve relations and provide a host of safety resources for residents.

“When you put the emergency services together, you realize how they overlap and how it builds on community support,” said Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong.

Law enforcement from all across Northern Nevada were in attendance, including Carson City, Washoe Tribal Police, Sparks PD, Nevada Highway Patrol and Juvenile Probation.

But, the event wasn’t just for law enforcement and businesses, organizations and non-profits from across the community also were out to show support and engage with patrons.

“I know it sounds cliché but you can’t go without services in this town, there is something for everyone,” said Furlong. “Whether it is the library a business or a non-profit, people want to reach out and help.”

Organizations such as the Carson City Senior Center, Partnership Carson City, Target, the military and more were out providing safety resources for the community.

“I think it’s been a huge success I am very pleased,” Furlong said. “One thing I am over the top about is the kids are having fun.”

Many of the booths offered interactive activities for the kids from a SWAT obstacle course to driving with marijuana goggles.

“I think it was awesome and fun and cool,” said 10-year-old Alyssa Ralls.

The children enjoyed getting to positively interact with the law enforcement agents.

“I think it’s good for the community because it’s having fun while teaching and building relationships,” said 10-year-old Ariel Salas.

Many agreed that having this type of event is most beneficial for the youths so that they learn safety resources while also getting to meet and see police in a positive light.

“This is an exciting place because (my grandson) can learn a lot about law enforcement and who to go to if he is in trouble and not to be afraid,” said Carson resident Debbie Loftstron. “And we love all the activities for kids.”

And to commemorate the evening, as per tradition, all of the law enforcement vehicles turned on their lights and sirens for one last hurrah until next year.


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