Several central Indiana communities participating in National Night Out

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Communities across central Indiana will come together on Tuesday, August 2 for National Night Out.

The nationwide initiative looks to build stronger relationships between law enforcement and the people they serve.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will kick off his city’s National  Night Out campaign on Tuesday at noon at Garfield Park on the city’s south side.

Several groups in Indianapolis are hosting NNO events later in the evening.

IMPD is encouraging people to turn their porch lights on and spend the night outside getting to know your neighbors and the officers who protect your neighborhood.

In light of the recent attack on law enforcement in other parts of the county and the fact that multiple IMPD officers have been shot while on the job recently, community leaders feel this is an opportunity for the public to show its appreciation for police.

“It’s sometimes hard to come in and keep our people motivated knowing what the national climate is throughout the nation,” said IMPD commander Christopher Bailey.

The escalating national climate is likely one of the reasons State Senator Jim Merritt is holding a press conference on August 2 to discuss a bill that he plans to introduce during the upcoming legislative session that his office says will protect the state’s public safety officers.

See below for details on National Night Out events in central Indiana:

Fishers

Carmel

Brownsburg 

Boonville 

Franklin 

Whiteland 

Click here for a more complete list.