EVANS — Evans was abuzz with 13 block parties Tuesday night for the annual community-police relations event National Night Out.
Evans Police Officer Teresa McClatchey said the event just keeps getting bigger.
“We’ve never had numbers this big,” McClatchey said. “We really devoted a lot of time to working with the neighborhoods and getting them excited about this.”
Mark LeClere started hosting National Night Out events about four years ago. A board member for a homeowner’s association, LeClere said the event is an opportunity for neighbors to get to know more than just city officials.
“I kind of plunged into it because there was a need, but I continue to do it because it brings our neighborhood together in a way that we don’t normally have during the regular summer months,” he said.
With kids’ activities, barbecues and even dance parties, National Night Out party coordinators such as LeClere brought neighbors together to meet police officers, firefighters and other city officials. Greeley police visited six locations to talk with residents about crime prevention, neighborhood watch programs and more. Joe Przystup and his wife, Pat, just moved to Evans last week. They were active at National Night Out events where they lived in Virginia.
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LeClere said National Night Out sparked his neighbors to take interest in the neighborhood watch program. It’s also encouraged them to throw smaller block parties throughout the year.
“It’s kind of given birth to its own children,” he said.
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