National Night Out a success in Omaha

Posted at 11:09 PM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 00:13:17-04

It's a night designed to bring neighborhoods and police together, this year with a volatile climate from coast to coast - that goal is more important than ever.

Local community leaders and Omaha police will tell you their ties are already strong - and events like this build those bonds even more.

At the corner of 33rd and Decatur Streets in Omaha you would have seen ice cream, balloons, and people playing football, it’s all part of north Omaha’s National Night Out.

“It shows people we are here to help,” said Officer Phil Anson.

National Night Out has taken place nation-wide for the past 33-years encouraging block parties to bring together the community-police-fire relations.

For organizer Rondae Hill, she notices a difference in her neighborhood at 33rd and Decatur in north Omaha in the three years they've put on this event.

“Now when they drive they wave, they can tell there's a difference in the neighborhood when the neighborhood is actually active,” said Hill.

But this year’s event means so much more as law enforcement-community relations are strained after attack on police officers in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Kansas City and San Diego. A

But Omaha mayor Jean Stothert says this city is different.

“We are just different in Omaha and that's because of a police department and a fire department that is very proactive,” said Stothert.

And that proactive approach has community members like Teela Mickles and her two great-grandsons appreciate of law enforcement.

“Yes, there's always going to be those trouble spots, but that’s not the main thing here-that’s not the majority here we are way above for our police and community relationships, way above”.