Police reach out to families for national 'Night Out'

(WEAU) - "We really strive to be partners with the community, with the children, with the neighbors, that's our goal and that's the design of our police department," said Officer Kyle Roder of the Eau Claire Police Department.

"This event particularly allows us to make sure all of our area youth get a chance to have some fun and also to meet our local law enforcement personnel on a positive note," said Tara Carey of the Eau Claire Coalition for Youth.

The Eau Claire Police Department says kids are often afraid of them, but this helps to prevent that.

"This is great. I wish we would do more of this as a community, instead of one day this is what we should be doing everyday," said Roder.

Even parents say it’s important to build those relationships at a young age.

"Around 3 or 4 is when they get the idea that the fire department and the police department are the good guys and their here to help us," said parent, True Vang.

"When kids stay alone at home and are old enough to do so, they should know how to get a hold of police or anybody that can help them," said parent, Dawn Comte.

"They [had] an opportunity to get their face painted. There [was] a dunk tank, there [was] inflatable jumping toys and just miscellaneous fun games for little kids to take part in," said Carey.

"An event like this allows us to get out, shake hands with the neighbors , answer questions that they might have and see people in a different light that we don't' normally get to see, the citizens of Eau Claire in," said Roder.

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