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LPD and Lafayette Aviators host 'National Night Out'

Under the Loeb Stadium lights, people of the community rallied with the Lafayette Police Department during National Night Out.

Posted: Jul 30, 2018 10:57 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2018 9:15 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Under the Loeb Stadium lights, people of the community rallied with the Lafayette Police Department during National Night Out. The event was all about strengthening the bond between local police and community members.

One sibling duo came to the ballpark to do just that and to see their role models in action. Keith and Kaydence Wiott both want to be police officers when they grow up.

"They're our superheroes, they protect us, they take care of our city," Keith said.

It is a city his sister hopes to protect one day.

"I want to stop the crimes from hurting people, Kaydence said. "And have fun with all the other officers, and hoping I can make friends with them."

LPD's SWAT, DARE and K9 Units were among the many teams that participated. Officers performed safety presentations and talked with community members about striving to do better.

"It's not always just the crime-fighting side of this," Sgt. Matt Gard said. "A lot of what we do is outreach. So if we can actually talk to people and help them to prevent being victims of crime, that makes our job easier and that makes their life a lot better."

LPD Sergeant Matt Gard said the outreach has always been positive

"The public likes seeing us out here, we love being out here. So it's just a great way to get out, reach out to the community and interact with each other."

While LPD hosted National Night Out, there were other agencies present as well, including Lafayette Fire and West Lafayette police.

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