GEORGETOWN, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The Georgetown Police Department and the Georgetown Optimist Club joined forces Tuesday night to raise awareness about crime prevention for National Night Out.
Upon entering the Georgetown Optimist Club Tuesday night, families were greeted by six of Georgetown's Finest, armed with coloring books, police badge stickers, free gun locks and loads of information about what to do if you spot narcotics in your home or neighborhood.
"Our goal with this yearly national event is to help build a partnership between law enforcement and the community in regard to fighting back against crime," said Chief Denny Kunkel of the Georgetown Police Department. "Along with developing a heightened crime prevention awareness within those that live in our neighborhoods."
Children and parents enjoyed free food while taking part in activities like bingo, pool, face painting, and karaoke. The kids were also able to gather much-needed school supplies, including pencils, paper, notebooks, pens and gluesticks, donated by members of the Crossroads Church.
Later, as more families arrived, everyone stepped outside for a run through the 'smoke house,' a trailer made to look like the inside of a home, where children were guided through a smoke simulation to teach them how to escape in the event of a real fire emergency.
National Night Out is an annual crime awareness and prevention event held across the nation. The event gives local law enforcement and their communities the opportunity to get together to ensure the safety of their homes and neighborhoods.