Neighborhoods across Peoria are preparing to celebrate the annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday.
35 organizations and 30 neighborhoods are participating, some making special requests from the police department at their gatherings.
“The Armadillo or the motorcycle officers or whatever,” said Steve Fairbanks, who coordinates Peoria’s National Night Out with the Peoria Police Department.
Fairbanks says the purpose of National Night Out Against Crime is to strengthen neighborhood relationships, to get to know nearby business owners, and the police that work to protect them.
“We want to keep our porch lights on, we want to remain vigilant. But, we also want to be friendly and neighborly,” said Fairbanks. “National Night Out is a great opportunity for neighbors to learn more about each other, but also for officers to be able to come to an event where they’re greeted, and are welcomed.
Peoria Police say anytime you see something in your neighborhood that doesn’t look right, to call them.
For a list of Peoria’s National Night Out celebrations, click HERE.