Lincoln Park neighbors celebrate 2014 National Night Out

By KBJR News 1

August 5, 2014 Updated Aug 5, 2014 at 9:28 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - For 31 years, communities across the country and right here in the Northland have joined forces for the annual "National Night Out."

On Tuesday, dozens of communities across the Northland held celebrations aimed at preventing crime and connecting neighbors.

It's a night for Northland neighbors to celebrate their communities.

"I like it here, it's a good community, I like to see people having a good time," said attendee, Chuck Swenson.

Chuck Swenson and his friends have set aside their schedules, have a laugh and help stomp out crime in their community.

" I think they should add more events like this and get together so everyone can get to know each other," said Tammy Colby.

With no shortage of food, fun, music and ponies, block parties like this one at Lutheran Church Holy Parish gave people a chance to interact with Police in a positive way.

"When we show up to someone's house, it's not always under the best circumstances and this is an opportunity for them to see us in a new light," said officer Mike Erickson, Duluth Police Department.

Officer Erickson with the Duluth Police Department says the Lincoln Park community has something special when it comes to catching criminals.

"Lincoln Park, we have a large citizen patrol group." said Erickson "That's very useful to the police, just recently we had a citizen patrol member call in a crime in progress and we ended up catching them."

And it's that community involvement that officer Erickson says everyone here should be proud of.

"To see stuff like this, it just makes it all worth it and to know that were big at this, I mean we have a lot of block parties and we are bigger than a lot of communities when it comes to block parties, and that makes it all worth it," said Erickson.

National Night Out organizers say this year is expected to draw 37.8 million people nationwide.

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