MILWAUKEE – National Night Out is a chance for community members to connect with law enforcement and other local resources in a fun, casual environment. The Milwaukee Police Department’s (MPD) District 2 hosted their party on Tuesday.
“It gives the community the opportunity to get to know the officers and the officers have the chance to meet the residents,” said MPD officer Eliel Contreras.
There is also hope that these community nights will help prevent future crimes in the community.
“Things like this keep kids off the streets, it gives parents peace of mind knowing the kids are safe,” said Melody Johnson, who was at the event with her family. “It gives kids more positivity to know there are things to do in the community than getting involved in bad activities,”
MPD District 2 saw homicides more than double from the same time last year, according to MPD crime statistics. So far this year, there have been 17 homicides in the district.
“We as a police department cannot solve all of these violent crimes alone,” said District 2 Captain Patrick Pajot. “We need everyone’s help. The community is one part of it. Our community partners are another part of it, our faith groups here in the region are part of it. I think if we all work as a team and As one big family, we will be able to help reduce this violent crime.”
National evening in the MPD 2 district
MPD organizes parties throughout the month:
District 4 National Party
When: 3/8 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Evangel Assembly of God (9920 W Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53224)
District 7 National Party
When: 8/9 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Harriet Tubman Park (4750 N 48th St., Milwaukee, WI 53218)
District 3 National Party
When: 8/10 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Johnsons Park (1919 W Fond Du Lac Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53205)
District 5 National Party
When: 22/08 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Clinton Rose Senior Center (3045 N Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53212)
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